Thursday, November 01, 2007

20 Days And Counting

Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile know that we have our house on the market. I remember signing the contract and the realtor saying that the contract would expire in six months, on November 21st. I remember thinking, "Well, that's not even worth saying. We are so going to sell this house by then."

As my friend Rachel and I have said many times, God loves to humble us! Nearly six months later, the for sale sign is still sitting forlornly in our yard. I am working on not coveting the for sale sign in the yard across the street-- the one that has a big "under contract" sitting on top of it now. Since we listed ours, two houses have gone up and back down.

I am still trying to figure out why ours hasn't sold. We always get the same feedback pretty much: Shows great! Wrong for my client!
It is hard to take in, hard to see God's hand in what we see as a delay, hard to trust that there is a plan at work here, hard when a house we really wanted went to folks who didn't have a house just sitting on the market.

And so, in 20 days, the sign goes back down. We have decided to take it off the market through the holidays, then will put it back on after the first of the year. Unless God pulls an eleventh hour rescue (which He still could do), we will be in this house indefinitely. I told a friend the other day that I remember clearly setting out my Christmas decorations last year, thinking all the while, "This will be the last time I do this in this house." And come to find out, that was (probably) not the case.

This verse comes to mind:
James 4:13-15, "Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'"

A good reminder, indeed.

Just wanted to share that with you all, as I am learning as I walk this daily road of trusting the unseen and placing my plans in God's very capable hands to do with as He wills, not as I will.
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Sherri said...

We are in the same spot as you Marybeth. Every day I drive by the house that went for sale 2 weeks after ours that now shows a big "under contract" sign on it. As much as we pray to be in God's will, sometimes His plans are different than we thought - but they are always better. You all are in my prayers. Thanks for the encouraging verse - I needed it today.

Elisarose said...

Yep, I know all about houses that refuse to be sold. We have one in the town we moved from that has been on the market for a year and a half. We keep praying...

Sonya said...

Same thing happened to us several years ago. We thought our house would sell quickly and it took 9 months. It was tough but God sold the house in His time and it was the perfect time!