I try to keep the drama in my life to a minimum. I really do. But sometimes the drama seems to explode before my very eyes causing me to go into a downward spiral that usually ends with some version of the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
The current drama revolves around the fact that we have a house on the market that we’ve had rented out for the last two years. The long and short of it is that we listed the house two years ago and it sat empty for months without a single offer. We decided to take it off the market and rent it out instead. Then, our renter moved out so we decided to try the market again. With great fear and trembling, we listed the house again and in less than two weeks we were in contract with a buyer. We were elated with the quick and easy process! Then, with less than 36 hours until we were to sign the papers and walk away with a check, the buyer backed out. We were disheartened and discouraged. And angry and disillusioned. I cried myself to sleep and wondered why we can’t catch a break in the real estate market.
I snapped at my husband, rolled my eyes at his optimism, and pouted for two days. Mature, I know. We met with our realtor, dropped the price on the house, then sat back and waited.
We’re still waiting.
My dad, who has followed this drama closely, sent me an email with a devotional from Dr. Charles Stanley. Who doesn’t love Charles Stanley? I took my time and read the following:
No one likes to wait, but have you ever wondered why? It’s because delays show us that we are not in control. Someone or something else is calling the shots. Although we may be able to identify the immediate cause–like a traffic light or the long checkout line–ultimately the One who controls all our delays is the Lord. Since He is sovereign over everything in heaven and on earth, even our time and schedules are in His hands. This means that in every delay, we are actually waiting for God in one way or another.
So we are waiting on God and what he might do in this situation. I am not in control here and I’m slowly learning to be okay with that. Trusting God and His perfect timing is a challenge some days, isn’t it? I’m taking a deep breath, praying a bold prayer, and trusting that God has all of this under control.