Foundation of Faith
It’s hard to believe that fall is in full swing! Summer seems like it flew by in a flash. Perhaps a roller coaster would be more accurate. That sounds more like the summer the Watson family just went through. Stepping out in faith, we decided to sell our home...over Memorial Day weekend. The housing market was on fire! Only two short weeks had passed from the time we decided to list our home until we were accepting an offer. To add to the craziness, we had 30 days to vacate the home we had been raising our family in for the last 14 years and didn’t have any long term plans.
It really seemed crazy to most everyone I shared the news with. And quite honestly, it wasn’t something I wanted to do, but God was nudging us out of our comfort zone. Without going into a lot of boring details, our family was definitely going through one tiny storm after another. Adding fuel to the fire seemed ridiculous and didn’t add up at all. However, I can say that I trust Jesus all day long, but when the rubber meets the road (pun intended) do I act in obedience? Luke 6:46 comes to mind, “why do you call me, Lord Lord, and do not do what I say?” We knew it didn't make any sense, but we also knew that we were being led by the Lord. We just had such peace about such a crazy decision.
Once we embraced the uncomfortable, and packed everything we owned into a storage unit, we ended up having a blast! We stayed with different family members, and rented unique places for little “stay-cations.” We made the most of our situation and we made such wonderful memories. We were also able to witness the beauty of the church. This family of believers that we have surrounded ourselves with stepped in and helped pack boxes when I didn’t know how I could possibly get it all done. Or cleaned my dirty house on moving out day, brought us pizza, or found us a fabulous rental at a great price!
It wasn’t without stress or difficulty, and sometimes I broke down in tears when we met obstacles. But, I know without a doubt, I grew. And I was able to give feet to my faith (again, pun intended.) And since I was hyper focused on my dwelling place, this journey allowed me to lean on the truth that this world is not my home. Since I have put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior, my home is in eternity with Him. (“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come”. Hebrews: 13:14)
That being said, we did find another house to purchase. One that fits our family perfectly. One that comes with a neighborhood full of other children for my kiddos to “hang with.” (Seems we have grown out of the phase of “playing.”) One that comes with a new mission field. And one that is slowly beginning to feel like home.
Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.[c] But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:47-49 ESV
Thank you Amy for sharing what God has been doing in your life. I can relate as we moved out of our home and into a home where God is leading us to minister to our neighborhood. I have to give God the glory as our home sold in three days when the year before we didn't get an offer. God has showed us that His timing is important and when He says to move it is important to follow. God opens opportunities as we were blessed to have our daughter receive scholarship to attend Covenant Christian School. Our family is blessed and we hope to be a blessing to others.