Looking back, I know there were some moments when it seemed that this day would never come. You know that time of waiting, the time after something bad happens and before the good news comes? My Bible study this morning called it "Silent Saturday," the day after Good Friday and before Resurrection Sunday. The time you are waiting for news or lost in grief or desperation.
We were in the waiting process trying to get approved for a loan for over 6 months, but God provided in His timing, not ours, as He always does. I am so glad that He doesn't go by my timeline. Even though it requires patience and faith on my part, His plan is so much better. I personally had my heart set on one particular house. We were just waiting to put in the offer, but our approval didn't come in. Eventually it went of the market (sad day) and the very next day our approval letter came in. That day we saw a different house online that was for sale by owner and decided to email the homeowners. It turns out that they were a couple from our church who had been praying to sell their home to a Christian family. We saw it and knew it was the one. Within a few days we had made an offer and were under contract. (Funny things is, the day after that, the home that I had my heart set on before popped back up on the market. It seems like God was giving a pretty firm "No" on that one.)
Unfortunately the waiting process didn't end there, it never does. It took another two months and at least three extensions before we finally closed on our home. There were some moments in there that we were feeling the pressure, but I knew that God would be faithful. That doesn't mean that I knew He would give me everything I wanted, but I know and have faith that He will always provide everything I NEED, or I should say, everything He needs me to have in order to accomplish HIs will. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
As soon as we moved in, I mean the very day, we saw that God wanted us to be generous and share with others. Several families in our church were having some hard times and needed us to watch their children. For the first two weeks in our new home we had at least one or two extra children. What God supplies is never for us to call our own, we are only the caretakers and stewards.
The waiting process is also a learning process. We can grow and improve and be refined, or we can crumble and fall apart. If you are in the waiting process, and living in "Silent Saturday," know that I am praying for you. Have faith and take comfort in these words from Philippians:
Philippians 4: 18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! ... 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
I have made it through to the other side and at the moment, I have all I need! What a great thing to be able to say. I am satisfied and I am thankful. I praise God for His provision and His faithfulness.