On March 19th, I got a call, out of the blue, from a friend with whom I had not chatted for almost 3 years. She had been thinking about me and wanted to see how I was doing.
Well, she called at one of the times when I was in the ‘dark valley’, so to speak. You see, this was our 7th move in 4 months. The listing of our abode had showed an inviting and bright common area which included the living room, dining room and a table with chairs that could be used as a work station. It stated that the house was a high ranch style, and showed our room to be spacious and bright.
Everything looked perfect and I was pumped to get on with work that has been disrupted by our many trips back and forth to Pittsburgh for dental surgeries, deaths in our families and sickness.
What the listing did not prepare me for, was that the room was in the basement, and it was the 7th room rented in the house. (There was a bathroom on each floor, which was a tremendous plus)
The kitchen, used by so many strangers, with varying degrees of cleanliness, had a smell of stale oils trapped by the filter in the hood-vent of the stove. A mix of residual cooking-smells hung like an unseen cloud in the common area. The smell assaulted the senses as I made my way to the basement.
And there, surrounded by all my earthly goods in tow, I described my current conditions to my Friend. Her response of consternation matched my feelings of flabbergast and shock.
The question has been asked repeatedly, why did we not rent an apartment instead of staying in Airbnbs? Well, t’was not for want of looking and trying. However, landlords are unwilling to rent to people who want short-term accommodation. They all want you to sign a 1-year lease. We didn’t think we would be around for a year, so being truthful about it did not give us favour. We are still planning to relocate to Pittsburgh by the end of 2019.
Anyhow, my Friend encouraged me with the fact that “a righteous man falls 7 times, but he rises back up, but the wicked stumbles in times of calamity” (Proverbs 24:16). She continued to encourage me with the Scriptures, praying with me before hanging up.
The next day (March 20th), my husband worked very hard with me to narrow down our housing options. This time around, he asked the many questions we did not ask on the other occasions when we experienced failed expectations. Those questions eliminated places of potential disappointment, regardless of how fabulous the pictures looked.
By March 22nd, we were ensconced in our new temporary accommodation. Now, we are in a place of peace. We’re the only guests. Our hosts are a very young couple with a toddler. They are very quiet people. We hope to be here until the end of Summer.
We are further blessed with a round conference-like table with and office swivel-chairs, just the right height for my laptop, and enough space for Tim’s PC. This is a marked improvement from the other places where I worked at the dining room table. The inappropriate height has caused shoulder pains for the last 4 months.
This office furniture sits right next to a huge, bright, sunny, window which looks out onto the neighbourhood. This is just the right, ordered, ambiance in which my soul can prosper to complete the work God has begun in me.
Another blessing which makes for a near perfect location is that it is close enough to a mall for shopping and other pertinent services. God has been gracious to us. We encourage you to rejoice with us. I stand in awe at God’s perfect provision. The Scripture verse, ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning’ Psalm 30:5, was the first on my lips as I settled in.
Please continue to pray for focus and diligence for me, and for Tim to be successful in his Church History exams in 2 weeks..
I was also able to speak at the local Homeschool support group on Monday 25th. I was able to share the perspective that History is God’s Story, and share my desire to connect the dots by storytelling. I would also be at their conference in April to raise awareness of the work we are doing, by having a table there.
After a fairly long absence from Facebook Live in our ChristianRoots Canada Facebook Group, I was able to record a video on Friday 29th March, and hope to do so every 2 weeks. I would be telling some stories which shaped Canada’s Christian history. If you have not joined the group, please join us there and familiarize yourself with us.
Our peace will be disrupted again as we prepare to cross the border on Tuesday 2nd April again. My dental saga continues on Wednesday 3rd April. Please pray for favour from the Lord, that we would meet the kind of border guard who waves us through with a cheery, ‘Have a Nice day’.
Which Scriptures have helped you in times of distress? Share them in the ‘comment’ section for the edification of others. We would love to hear from you.