The last few months have been an amazing journey of watching God work and move in my husband and my lives. At the end of September 2018, we had no idea that our entire lives were about to be changed and turned upside down. In early October, my parents and sister, who live in Pennsylvania, had an urgent need that led to my coming to help them for a week. While with them and dealing with that particular crisis, both my parents and my sister asked us to consider moving near them to continue to help as other needs arose. At first thought, my husband and I were a bit taken aback as we were heavily involved in ministries at our church and in our jobs in Michigan. But as we prayed about it and looked at Scripture, we came to 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” This seemed pretty clear that we are to help our family when they are in need.
So we put our condo in Michigan up for sale and began packing up to move. This was the beginning of November. The first person who looked at our condo put an offer on it, and ended up purchasing it. We like to say that God sold our condo in 1 day! We were astounded and amazed at how it all came together, including being able to stay in the condo for free after closing until our move date. Because our family had already planned a family reunion for the end of December and we were going to be driving out to Pennsylvania for the reunion, we decided to go ahead and move at that time. My husband Jono was able to work out with his job to continue working for them remotely even after our move to Pennsylvania. This took a lot of pressure off for him. He was also able to finish up his ministry commitments for December.
God continued to work, even in the smaller details. Moving at the end of December is not ideal, particularly when you live in a cold climate where there is huge potential for snowstorms. The day the movers came was 50 degrees! We couldn’t have asked for a better weather day at the end of December in Michigan! Then there was concern about fitting what we were taking with us into our 2 cars. Before the movers came I went back through some of the boxes I had planned to take with us and determined that they could go in storage. So 3 boxes that were going to be in our cars ended up going with the movers instead. We were able to get everything else into our cars but would not have been able to fit those 3 boxes. God graciously worked even that detail out for us!
My brother and his family were coming from Wisconsin to also drive to Pennsylvania for the family reunion. They met up with us in Michigan and we had 3 cars to caravan together on the 8-9 hour drive. Due to sleep deprivation there was some concern about driving the whole way, but because we had 4 adults that could drive we were able to switch as needed and made it safely to PA.
While we were still in Michigan, I had been looking at potential homes in PA. There was one in particular that I liked that was very close to where my family lives. We were sure that it would no longer be on the market by the time we got to PA. But in God’s gracious provision once again, it was still available and we were able to look at it in early January. After putting in an offer, it was accepted and we began the process of buying it. The original close date was scheduled for February 8, but I would be leaving the very next day to go to Indiana for counseling training and so we asked if the closing could be February 1. The lender didn’t think we could do it that quickly, so the closing was scheduled for after I got back, on February 19. Well once again, God worked and things progressed quickly with the inspection and appraisal, and we were notified that the closing was able to take place on Wednesday, January 30! This allows us to have the movers come the first week of February so that we can be in our new home before I leave for my week of training.
So many ways that God has worked through many details for us in these past few months! All praise goes to Him for how He has provided and guided. We have found a great church and are making new friends. Time will tell what ministries God provides for us to get involved in here. While this wasn’t part of the plan we had for our lives, we know that God’s plan is always better than anything that we could put together in our own human strength. He is worthy to be served, wherever that may lead us. To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.