God’s “exceeding abundantly aboves” leave me in awe. It happened again yesterday.
Some of you have followed my saga about moving to the residence above our ministry’s new office. Knowing we needed a renter for our townhouse before we could afford to rent the other place, we signed a contract with a property manager in mid-March. “You have a nice place,” he said. “I’ll easily find a renter for you by May 1st .”
That’s perfect, we thought. In our minds, the first weekend of May was ideal. After that, our travel schedule would make it difficult to pack up, paint, and resettle between weekends away for speaking events. Besides, moving at the start of the month would enable us to fulfill our commitments and even be ready for several out-of-town guests who plan to visit between now and the end of June.
Alas, May 1st came and went with no renters in sight so we stayed put amidst an ever-growing pile of packing boxes. I had to practice the very things I preach about surrendering our desires to the Lord, trusting Him with every detail of our lives, being content even when circumstances don’t turn out the way we hope, and more.
I took a lot of walks, praying and practicing praise with every step. And as I did, I began seeing our circumstances through heaven’s eyes. I even grew appreciative of the extra days the “delay” gave me to prepare for upcoming conferences and to spend time with family.
On Wednesday the property manager phoned to say a family of four has been approved to rent our home, and they’ll move in on June 1. That was a wonderful answer to the prayers of many. As if that weren’t enough, today brought an “exceeding abundantly above”—a couple who recently sold their house for an unexpected profit called to say they want to bless us by hiring a professional mover on our behalf and paying the expenses.
The call nearly left me speechless. This act of kindness lifts a huge load from our shoulders, but more than that, it reminds me that God’s timing is brilliant and He is absolutely trustworthy. If we’d moved at the beginning of the month as we thought best, the heavy work would have been our responsibility because our friends’ house hadn’t yet sold. The delay allowed for their house to sell which resulted in their blessing us by hiring a professional mover. Who would ever have guessed that God had such a surprise for us? Not I.
Indeed, God is able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine. He just proved it again. How about you? What “exceeding abundantly aboves” have you witnessed?