I’ve always wanted to buy my own house. Several times, I toyed with the idea of doing so, calling up agents to view houses for sale and so on. But somehow, it never got me anywhere near getting my own house.
Currently, I’m renting from my landlady and it has not been a green pasture. Why? Hmm, how do I put this in a good and constructive manner? Let’s just say she’s extremely calculative and her love for money supercedes her responsibilities as a landlady and kindness as a human being. She can be very dishonest and tends to take advantage of us. Many times I’ve been driven up the wall and to be frank, sometimes I feel like pushing her down the stairs. But no, I’m a Christian. I can’t do that =) So, when angered, I’ll just scream, “I BLESS YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST! ROAR!!!” in my mind while talking to her because I believe when I choose to bless others, blessings will come my way. Besides, God is my avenger and He will not shortchange me. Either way, I’m not at the losing end.
Recently, the tension has escalated to an unbearable point that Chrystin and I have decided to look for our own place. We prayed for a landed property in Puchong that costs RM350k or less. A bit too much to ask for as Puchong houses are way too expensive now. With that kind of price, you can only get an apartment/condominium nowadays. After a month of searching for houses, we found a small little house that’s perfect for us and our wallets (it was RM30k cheaper than what we prayed for)! Thank God! It’s minutes away from church, there’re shops nearby and the best part is, it’s located at the turning before Puchong’s horrible jam at IOI Mall!
And yesterday, we’ve paid the deposits and we’re proceeding with the bank and legal processes. We’re getting our own house, honey! And we’re already churning up with so many ideas! A house of ministry, a house to host people and parties, more rooms, island kitchens, rain showers in the bathrooms, a small pond in the yard and so on! It’s so exciting, sometimes I can’t sleep!
Remember how I’ve always wanted to get my own house and never did? I’m starting to wonder if God purposely held me back so that I can share the experience of buying my own house together with my wife. It seems pretty selfish of me to indulge in all the excitement and anticipation of getting my first property without her.
The moral of the story? Sometimes when our prayers ain’t answered immediately, it simply means He has prepared the way and a better plan in store for us. Awesomeness, isn’t it?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11