Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
As a Christian, I know that God is able to do immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine. There are times, though, when a gap develops between what my mind says is possible and what my faith claims is possible. This past week, as we moved into our new home on Nahant Avenue, I was reminded again that my thoughts are not His thoughts and that my mind cannot fully comprehend all that God is doing in my life. Here is a brief list of what I mean:
- One of the 1st days we knew we were moving Jeanine and I took the kids for a walk to a local coffee shop known for having a bulletin board posting apartments for rent. The shop was closed, but on our way home, we took a side street as I said, “Maybe this is where we’ll live.” We were walking down Nahant Avenue.
- We ordered a moving truck before we had a place to move (due to the fact that almost all of Boston moves over the Labor Day weekend). The truck we ordered would not be available, however, until 1PM and needed to be returned at 8PM – except that the rental company closes at 7PM on Saturday and therefore wasn’t requiring their equipment return until the start of business on at 8AM Sunday. We didn’t know until after the reservation was confirmed that we couldn’t move into our new apartment until 4PM anyway.
- After I ordered the truck, Jeanine separately checked Craiglist for new postings and she saw the listing for the apartment we ultimately took. It turns out that the apartment had been rented, but the initial lease was revoked due to a medical issue. It was reposted shortly before Jeanine went online.
- When we 1st inquired about the apartment we ultimately leased we were told that it would not be available until September 15th. But when the property supervisor showed us the property, he told us we could move all our things in on August 31st and take up residence a few days later to give him time to clean the apartment. When we arrived at 3PM on Saturday to begin unpacking the truck there was a professional cleaning crew working (who, it turns out, were not supposed to be cleaning our apartment but the one on the 1st floor). This ‘mistake’ enabled us to take up residence on Monday and allowed Jonathan (who did not have classes on the holiday) to help me move the furniture around the apartment.
What have I learned about the two month process of finding an apartment in Boston? First, that God knows what we need when we need it and He is able to satisfy every need. Second, our sense of time is not a limitation for God – whether or not I wanted peace in the situation and resolution long before I sensed it, He provided for our family exactly when we needed His provision. Third, this whole chain of events is an example of what God can do and a reminder of why He is worthy of all worship and praise…not because of His blessings but because of His blessing nature.
If you are wondering what God is capable of doing, think about my family and understand that He could accomplish even greater things in your life.