I feel like I am living the song ”Hello Mother, Hello Father” by Spike Jones. Today the sun is shining and yesterday it was time to crawl under a rock. I would change a few of the verses of that wonderful song to include searching for apartments, packing, starting a church, and spiritual warfare. What brought this to mind is that I think I got sunburn in the little time I spent outside today. It seems like last week there was snow on the ground. It seemed like it because there was, I saw some even on Monday.
Spoiler Alert, sort of, Hahahah. The following picture is our upcoming apartment – backyard. Ok, so I just found out I forgot to take a picture of the building itself. Also didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures inside since an Italian family is still living there. I will share pictures in the future.
So all about yesterday, actually I better back up a tiny bit. If you didn’t know, we were informed two Saturday’s ago that we must move. Thursday and Saturday last week we saw apartments and one especially interested Denise, and me another. We found out on Monday that the one that interested Denise is literally next door to where Dietrich Bonheoffer was born and lived his first six years.
Monday we visited the two apartments again. It felt good that both owners wanted us to rent, even reduced their prices to entice us. By the time we saw the apartments again Denise and I had shifted our interest, wanting to be supportive of the other’s choice. At that time both apartments seemed nearly equal. But our prayer from the beginning is “God’s will be done”, so key was finding what God wanted and not what we wanted. We were wondering even if God was saying both were fine with Him.
We visited the apartment I felt slightly stronger was where God was leading us, lets call it Borek sense it is in that region, and it was confirmed in my heart. But I sensed we needed to see the other one again as well even knowing someone else was seeing the Borek apartment after we left. When we were leaving our realtor asked if we wanted to give a verbal offer, we said not yet, but told them we would inform them later that night.
We visited the second apartment and I felt strongly this time it was not where God wanted us and God make it also clear to Denise. We went for a walk, prayed some more, had a bite to eat and made an offer on the Borek apartment. But we also found out the other person, a business, had given an offer and was interested in a 10 year commitment.
We went to sleep knowing the owners would make a decision the next day, Tuesday, yesterday. I woke up with a sense we were going to move to Borek. But we got word that morning they had chosen the other offer. The rest of the day I could not give up on renting at Borek. We made a counter offer, to our surprise, and found out it was not too late.
It was about this time I enlisted prayer support and wondered if spiritual warfare was involved. The owner asked to contact our current landlord, who did not know we were looking at other apartments, but we made the arrangements (another sub-story to tell another time). Somewhere in this process the owner’s father had two dreams that greatly concerned him about Denise and I. Here was the proof for me of the spiritual battle God was waging.
I look forward to learning all that happened during this time, I will get the details in the future and share them another time.
I don’t know how it exactly prayer works; either God answered our prayers, or we came into alignment with His plans all along. One more lesson Abba is teaching me. In the end our Father used His limitless power to lead to our signing the contract last night, returning home exhausted at 11pm.
God is teach me at a new and deeper level than ever before how to discerning His will, trust in what He tells me, persevering according to His will, and prayer.
Thanks for praying.