AM I ASKING FOR MORE VISION OR MORE FAITH?
It’s one thing to believe God can do something. It’s quite another to put yourself in a position of reliant trust.
Faith is rooted in God’s character.
Faith is based on God’s promises in His Word, not our feelings.
Faith is only faith when the object of it is Jesus, and not our circumstances or life’s difficulties.
Faith looks to God but feelings look to the situations around us. Faith finds its hope in God and His character and what He has promised in His word.
Faith is easier when we can also see what God is doing. Less faith is required when we can seehow He is working things together for our good (Romans 8:28). We say we want more faith, but what we really seek is more VISION. Sight says “I can see that this is good for me, so God must have sent it.” But faith says, “God sent it, so it must be good for me.” God asks us to walk by faith, not by sight.
But in the dark times, when we can’t outright see what He is up to, we must rely on the promises of His Word and trust. That He is with us. He is for us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is wise. He is Sovereign. He is loving. And ultimately He is in control.
So how is this relevant in the life of the Sherman family?
We have surrendered our life and future to Jesus and a radical call on our lives to sell everything, downsize significantly, and move to North Carolina so that Kevin can go to seminary and ultimately become a pastor and serve in full-time ministry.
Since October of last year, we have been trusting God with this decision. We were praying crazy prayers and God was moving in even crazier ways (see previous blog posts). Then, we put our house on the market and it seemed like the waiting was unceasing and less of our prayers were being answered. However, God was working behind the scenes. In the “darkness” of spiritual warfare and seeming “interrupted prayers” our faith was tested which later would refine and grow it. (Obviously, this is said with hindsight and perspective that only time and God’s illumination can sometimes bring.)
I had prayed many “crazy” elephant prayers about the selling process of our home…
Sell it in less than 30 days!
Sell it to the first person who sees our home!
Sell it with no hiccups in the process!
While these weren’t necessarily answered, I also prayed these:
Sell it in your timing… Sell our home without having to move twice…
Give us peace when we sign the contract…
Little did I see or know in the waiting process, but God answered more of these than I had thought. (Who knew a finite mind couldn’t grasp an infinite God?! 😊)
God allowed us to get a contract on our house a month ago. This family was our first showing who saw our price drop and called immediately to have a second showing (a month after our first showing)! Wow, God answering that prayer that I had thought went unanswered after we had several showings. Everything was seeming to be perfect, but at the last minute we had a pretty big hiccup. Beazer homes had built our neighborhood with poor stucco and the problem was $30,000 to fix. Though our house was under a 15 year warranty they decided they wanted to make it a 10 year warranty item and we were 50 days out of the 10 year time frame. Quickly, I found my vision shift to my circumstances and this “huge” problem. Though I was praying daily, I found myself becoming more defeated and my thoughts more consumed. I could feel Satan trying to use this situation to instill doubt on our calling and I felt like my prayers were getting intercepted. It was truly a daily struggle to shift my focus off of the present and to the eternal. I had to remind myself almost hourly that GOD IS WISE. GOD IS SOVEREIGN. GOD IS LOVING. HE IS IN CONTROL.
The process took a few weeks and we didn’t get anywhere with Beazer or their attorneys. We decided to hire a structural engineer and he would be able to tell us (and our potential buyers) if there was a stucco issue with our house. It was a small chance, but it was all we could do. That was Thursday morning, I tried to have the engineer come sooner, but their schedule was booked and we had to wait. Wednesday evening we were told we had a showing and they loved the house! They put in a contract and though we rejoiced we waited to see the results of the engineer’s inspection. Thursday morning we found out our stucco is in PERFECT CONDITION. Now we had to decide between two different contracts- praise God!!
Being able to finally have hindsight vision and illumination to God’s plan and purpose for allowing this hiccup, we can see that if we had signed the first contract a month ago, we would have been settling. The fact that we had to wait until Thursday for our inspection allowed for the family who is supposed to buy our home to have a showing the night before! Thankfully, my attempts to control the scheduling of our inspection for earlier in the week were not successful!
All this to say, God is infinitely wise, infinitely good, infinitely sovereign, and infinitely loving. He is in control and He has a very specific plan and purpose for your life and your path. TRUST HIM. Trust Him in the times of clarity but more importantly trust Him in the times when you are completely reliant on Him and His vision rather than your own. YOU WON’T REGRET IT.
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