God does indeed work in amazing ways. Shortly after my arrival here, someone asked me what I was going to do with my house in Creuse, France. With God clearly directing me to the Camp 6 hours away, it seemed like the house had served its purpose. It did in many ways…it got me headed back to France in the first place, it motivated me to quit my job, and it also expedited my Visa enabling me to arrive here and start service immediately. I’m sure God has additional reasons that I can’t yet see, too. I prayed when I bought it that God would use it for His glory.
When I was asked that house question, I responded that “I’m not sure what I was going to do with it, but with the way things are going, I half expect someone will walk up to me one day and say ‘I wish I could find a house in Creuse’ to which I’d say, ’I have just the house for you.’ “
Fast forward to last weekend when I managed to finally make my way to Grenoble on Saturday. I rented a car for a couple weeks with the prayer that I might be able to buy my own car soon. In order to make it to Grenoble, I had to take a 1.5 hour bus ride. On the bus, I started getting messages from a lady who told me she found out about me from a BnB owner not too far from my Creuse house. She was intensely interested in my house, and asked if it was available. I laughed to myself and thought “God does have a sense of humor, doesn’t he?“
I replied that it was. She arranged her transport to come see it. Luckily, I actually had that rental car so I could get there and Tuesday, I made the 6 hour drive back to Creuse. She was scheduled to rent a car when she arrived. I got a message while I was en route asking if I knew of a taxi company: she had forgotten her driver’s license and couldn’t rent a car. Seeing an opportunity there, I told her I would change course and just come pick her up. During the drive to the house, she recounted to me how she had come 10 days earlier and it was a disaster. The seller knew she was coming and yet sold the house from under her. Everything went wrong. She left feeling defeated. Then, the BnB owner where she stayed passed her my number. I told her maybe it was meant to be and suggested everything in our lives happen for a purpose.
Yep, roughly the same time I said I expected someone would appear and say they were looking for a house in Creuse, God was preparing someone to do just that. Isn’t it incredible to see God’s hand at work?
I showed her the house, and she fell in love. It was much better than the house she was going to look at that ended in disaster. We ended up striking a deal. The next morning, we met with the notary who will eventually record the sale after it goes through the 2 month French purchase process.
I was able to be her chauffeur until she left on Wednesday. We had a great series of conversations. During one of these, she told me how she had come from a difficult domestic situation and was looking for a safe place for her and her daughter. This was an area where I could directly encourage her. She was very, very interested about how I, as an American, came to be in France and spoke French. This of course led to the Camp, lots of questions about church, lots questions about God and an amazing acknowledgement that the disaster she experienced was not disaster; rather it was God’s hand directing her to something better.
The past two days were filled with God once again bringing people together with perfect timing, which included demonstrating His glory to one who needed to see it. In watching God’s hand at work in this incident, I am awestruck by how God uses His resources. I couldn’t help thinking how God also uses things such as a simple house. That house, just a few months ago, was an answer to my prayers. It served a very important and vital purpose. God’s plan was served and His plan continues beyond my hands. Now, I have been honored to see —not my house but God’s house— be directed to answer another person’s needs in a similar way as it did mine. We have some things to do before the sale is final, but I trust God’s got it under control.
God is REAL and at work around us every day. What an honor it is to be children of God and experience His goodness like this!
UPDATE on November 7, 2019: Unfortunately, this buyer backed out on the sale. God is in control and has some reason. Pray as I list the house with an agent that we find a buyer soon.