Thursday, December 17, 2009

Our Permanent Home

Our 3 years in a motor home ended definitely when we moved to South Africa. We faced all the decisions anyone does when house hunting. Should we rent? Should we buy? Could we buy? We prayed for guidance, and asked questions of our South African hosts.

We only saw two houses before we went to see a duplex where the top half was for sale independent of the bottom half. The real estate agent only had keys for part of it, so we couldn’t see everything. Paul slipped off alone to quickly pray and cast lots to know the will of God. He came back and told me God had guided him to buy it!

“But…” I gasped. It seemed too fast. There were so many unknowns: who were the downstairs neighbors, being the one which seemed the most urgent at the time. But it was settled, God had guided, and, as usual, it was the best thing for us.

Time has shown us the following reasons:

1. The price was right! Real estate prices were really low at that time, especially this house! Even better, with the exchange rate that was phenomenally good at that time, we could afford this place.

2. It was secure. We were still going to be traveling a lot, and it was good that someone would always be on the property while we were away.

3. It was low maintenance. The previous owners had everything in great shape, with some nice built-in extras such as a long built-in desk in what was to become our office.

4. It was a good location, within just a few blocks of a major highway, the M-5, and a short distance from the M-3, another major artery, meaning Paul could get a good start to schools and churches all over Cape Town.

So our little home in Muizenberg is good for now, but it’s not our permanent home.

This world is not my home,
I’m just a-passing through.
My treasures are laid up
Somewhere beyond the blue.

We look forward to what God has promised us, “I go to be prepare a place for you.” John 12:2. “In thy presence is fullness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11.

It is easier to have faith in God’s promises of an unseen heaven, after seeing Him fulfill His promise of 100 Houses here and now.

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