During this time of the year, I always feel blessed about having a home, and I enjoy putting up holiday decorations. It reminds me to be grateful for what the Lord has done in my life.
I’ll never forget when I went on my first house hunting trip. The realtor took me to several houses, but I did not connect with any of them. That’s not to say they weren’t nice homes, that’s just to say they felt like a building full of empty rooms. The houses were cold and uninviting. That is until one day she called me to view a house she thought I might like.
The agent picked me up, and we drove to a small quaint subdivision. We walked up the driveway and the stairs to the living room. As soon as I stepped foot into the home, something in my spirit said, “Your home!” I was so excited. I told the realtor, “This is it!” She said, “Hold on you haven’t even seen the rest of the house.” She said, “Also there is another one for sale two houses away.” I said, ” I don’t need to see it, this is it!
I couldn’t think of anything else. My mind was consumed with making an offer. I wanted to leave, and rush to the office and make an offer before someone else did. Just for the heck of it, just to make things look like I was doing my due diligence, I walked through the house and looked in all the rooms. I was floating on cloud nine.
Once I viewed the entire house, to appease the realtor, I agreed to go and see the other house for sale. When I arrived, I felt like it was just a building, with a bunch of empty rooms. I didn’t connect with anything. I went through the motions and walked through the entire house. All I could think of was, why am I here? The first house was my home. It spoke to me the moment I stepped foot in the door.
Seeing that I could not be swayed the realtor took me to the office and we made an offer, and it was accepted. I floated all the way back to the hotel. The next day while I was at work the realtor called me, and she said, “You know sometimes the builders don’t want to have to deal with removing the furniture that was used to stage the home. If you’re interested in it, I can ask them if they’re willing to leave it.” I thought, that is so awesome! Sure enough, they were willing to leave it. What a blessing. The Lord gifted me with a beautiful fully furnished home.
After having been in the house for 21 1/2 years, I take comfort in knowing that he handpicked this home for me and has allowed me to live in it for such a long time. He was right, I am home.