Imagine with me for a moment that you want to buy a new home. You know the price you’re willing to pay and the area you’re willing to move into. You circle two houses in the paper that meet your requirements.
And this ready-to-move-into home.
They sell for the same price.
They are on the same street.
Which would you choose?
Elaine Miller, author of We All Married Idiots, and her husband Dan faced this situation over a weekend.
The decision as she describes it was a no-brainer.
But they ran into a snag.
The ready-to-move-into home sold ten minutes before they returned to place their offer.
They settled for the fixer-upper, one she named Crooked. And its needs managed to overwhelm them within a few short months. They couldn’t handle all the necessary repairs, and the problems made everyday life in the home stressful.
Questions arose out of the stress. God, why did you withhold your blessing from us? Don’t you love us? How can anything good come out of this? Why couldn’t we have gotten back to the better house sooner?
But then something amazing happened.
Dan went to a football game and spoke to a young man who was just starting out in the construction business. He hired the contractor who practically lived in Elaine and Dan’s home for weeks.
During that time, the young man asked a lot of questions about God and the Bible. The couple answered his questions and helped him come to faith in Jesus Christ. From those conversations, the young contractor chose to pursue another path, one of Bible school and full-time ministry.
Note: Elaine W. Miller tells this story in more detail in her book, We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can. I’m over halfway through the book and find its advice sound in relation to my own marriage. I read it as a devotional in the morning after my Scripture reading. I recommend it to those who are married.
I’m curious. What setback set you up for something better?
I’ll give my own answer in the comments.
Jon Acuff’s “How big are your failures?” (Brief but good thought)
Today’s Word: COMMITMENT at John Maxwell Team (Good illustration of commitment’s benefit)
Two men. Two eternal destinies.
One common hope.
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