Sunday, December 18, 2011

Oh Wow! He is leading and I am overwhelmed

It was one of those moments when I could have started praising God out loud, if I hadn't been all choked up.

I had already been walking in a cloud for the last couple of days.

In the last post I referred to a piece of property that the Lord was leading us to.  We didn't know why He wanted us to have it, but even before we had seen it, the Lord told Bruce that He wanted him to have that property.

We knew very little about it at the time other than where it was located.  A sheep farmer friend had suggested we have a look.

From the day Bruce told me what the Lord had said, I considered it ours.  It helped that every time I opened my Bible, I would see verses about cultivating the land or caring for sheep.  I have always dreamed of being able to live a homesteader lifestyle, (see: our dream and even before that: a little piece of Heaven) so I was just a little awed by the fact that God was telling us He wanted us to have it.

When we looked at the property and saw the pond, the fruit trees, the sandy loam soil and the easy access, we began to see why we were directed to that particular lot, but then we couldn't seem to be able to get the financing we needed.  It could have been very discouraging had it not been for the assurance God gave us that we were going in the right direction.

When we thought we had hit a brick wall, I made a phone call to the owner.  "Would you consider holding a mortgage?" I asked.  He said, "No problem."

We signed some papers on Friday, and we take possession in March.

I thought I was happy that day, but today I am overflowing, and moved to tears by God's direction.  I saw the lady in church that I mentioned in the last post, the one that had once owned the property, and I went over to speak with her. 

We talked a bit, and then she told me something that pleased me more than the pond or the creek or the fruit trees or the sandy loam.  She said, "You know, we used to use that corner with the pond for a church camp in the summer time.  God is just taking back His property."

Talk about a blessed piece of land!  I wonder how many young lives were touched for eternity on that piece of ground.  I pray that God will continue to use it for His glory.

And I am still bawling!!

For the previous post see: Was that just a coincidence?
For the next post see: It`s a Roller Coaster Ride

Friday, December 09, 2011

Was that just coincidence?

It could be a coincidence, I suppose.  The lady did just happen to sit down beside us at the dinner table.  We knew her, but not well.

I was my usual talkative self, and lately I have had a certain piece of property on my mind.  Both Bruce and I have felt that this property is where God wanted us, and that makes it hard for me not to want to talk about it.

It is exciting.

But then, just a couple of days ago, we began getting discouraged.  It's just so hard waiting.  It's too easy to start to wonder if you really are listening to the leading of the Lord or if maybe it's just your own desires.

This was the stage we were at when we went to the Christmas dinner.

I still hadn't stopped talking about the property, though.  There were farmers sitting across from us and I was fishing for words of wisdom from them.  But it was the highly cultured teacher type lady sitting next to me whose words made an impact.

I was in the midst of explaining exactly where it was located when she asked the question.  "Is it right beside a great big white barn?"

Now I was delighted to be talking to someone who actually knew where the place was. But I was in for more of a surprise.  "We used to own that place," she stated.

Apparently, she and her husband lived there while they raised their family and taught at a school in the area.  They eventually sold it, and later it was sold again, and divided into three plots; the one facing west with the house and barn, the one facing south , and then, the one in the corner between with the pond in the middle, the piece of land we had been looking at and dreaming about.

I think God knew that He needed to boost our faith just a little, and so He chose a former owner of that very property to help us see that He was still in control.

That little incident helped us today when a farm finance company turned us down.  They said they don't know about market gardening well enough to be able to assess whether or not we would make a living off the land.  It could have been discouraging but it wasn't.  We knew God was going to provide some other way.

Within a couple of hours of being turned down, something else happened that may provide the start of the solution.  I'll let you know about it in the next post.

I just wanted to give a public thank you to the Lord for understanding our need for encouragement.  Isn't He wonderful!

For the next post see:  Oh Wow! He is leading and I am overwhelmed
For the previous post see: Still Blogging