Monday, May 18, 2015

True Story Blog Party week 05/18/15


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Do Things “Just Happen”- - Or Is It God? 

Usually when a couple are house-hunting in order to purchase a home, they both go together to make that decision.  In this instance, that was not the case.  The decision was being left up to me!  Soon I was on a plane flying to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to purchase a home for our year’s stay. 

Our plans were to arrive in the beginning of summer 1976 and get settled in.  Since the Bible Training Center was holding their second year of classes at Sheridan Assembly in Tulsa, I decided to go there first and audit a class.  Seating myself with the students, I sat back and tried to blend in.   

The gentleman sitting next to me realized that I was not a student so he asked me, “Why are you here?” 

I told him, “My husband and I will be students in the next school term, and that I was there to purchase a house for our family.”  

Enthusiastically he flipped through his wallet and drew out a business card.  “Here,” he said, “My father-in-law is a Real Estate Agent and he can help you.”   

Did I just “Happen,” to sit next that particular student? 

Arriving at my motel, I called the number on the card, and was pleasantly surprised when the man I was supposed to call answered the telephone.  He just “Happened” to have floor duty that day!  I gave him all the information as to what I needed:  a four bedroom house, a certain price range, a large yard for our two big dogs.

He asked if I would be free the next day to view homes, and I grabbed the opportunity. In the meantime, he would put together a list of homes available, and we would start early the next morning.   

True to his word, he took me to view many homes in the Tulsa area but none were ringing a bell.  Finally, the agent asked me if I would be willing to go further out towards Broken Arrow, as there were some fairly new homes there with large yards.  I told him, that we were used to driving 20 miles and that would NOT be a problem. 

Three homes in that area were shown to me.  Suddenly, as we looked through the last home, I heard in my spirit, “This is the one.”

I called my husband and shared the particulars.  He told me what to offer and not to go over a certain price.  Everything clicked.  I told the sellers, when we needed Escrow to close, signed papers, left a deposit, and flew back to California.  With not so much ado, we had a home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma! 

Two months later we arrived in Oklahoma with our menagerie and family.  We met the agent, made all the closing settlements, and headed out to our new home.  The sellers were doing their final sweep and told us they would be out in 20 minutes or so.  Shortly we were able to set up our beds, bring in our things and settle in for the night. 

What occurred the following day was amazing.  We decided to drive into Tulsa to the ministry headquarters and spy out the land.  Guess what? We were told that the School for the next session would be moving to a new location just purchased in Broken Arrow, located 4 miles from our new home!   

Now, do you believe that “Just happened?”… Or was it God?

You too can expect God to direct your path in all of life’s decisions.  Learn to seek His face, and then trust your inward spirit as The Lord guides you in the way you should go.
 
Psalm 37:23  The steps of a good man (or woman) are ordered by the Lord 
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7 comments:

  1. What a wonderful testimony of God's providential care and mercy! I love looking back over situations and being able to trace His hand. He knows all along what we need and how to bring it about. Wish I would remember that more often! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful stories, Hazel. You are such an inspiration and blessing!

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  2. I remember that story! There are definitely no such thing as coincidences! How I love that story of not only God's blessings in your life, but His stamp of approval on your ministry. Those are the blessings given the obedient.

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  3. Love the way you have trained your ear to hear the voice of God. No wonder you succeed in so many things. Your story is inspiring. I love what God does for his children who love Him.

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  4. With God there are no coincidences! Praise Him that He works all things together for our good and His glory! Thanks for the great story and for hosting. God bless!

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  5. I love the little quote "it's not odd, it's God". Thanks for a great story and letting me join in with a little snippet of my life! HOPE you have an awesome day!

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  6. Hazel, a wonderful testimony! As for me, I don't believe it just happened. I believe as you were seeking God, He was faithful to lead you exactly where you needed to be. As my youth leader drilled into all of our young heads, "There are no accidents in the Kingdom of God!" Grateful to read this story today. Blessings!

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  7. It is my humble opinion that nothing *just happens* in God's world! I call these moments "God winks" - when God just delights in surprising us with His providential goodness and grace.

    Loved your story, as I always do. And I so appreciate your testimony to the unchanging faithfulness of our Lord.

    GOD BLESS!

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