A recurring word throughout the Bible is “suddenly.” When God opens doors, and blasts you through them, it feels very much like a “suddenly.”
After three months of Snowbird life, God “suddenly” opened a door with a job offer and I found myself en-route to a new position and life in Tennessee. We broke camp in Florida and headed north, eager to begin the next chapter of our lives.
When God opens a door it doesn’t necessarily mean you will have smooth sailing. If the devil can’t close the door, he will try everything he can to slow your progress and distract you. We almost made it to our destination trouble free, but all that changed about 15 miles out. We heard a funny noise in the engine and, as my husband and I were speculating on the cause, we “suddenly” heard a noise resembling gremlins banging on pots and pans under the hood. We limped to the nearest exit and started making phone calls.
After a long evening of waiting for a tow truck, quickly packing a few days’ worth of clothing, unhooking the car from the dolly, and transferring valuables and the cats from the RV, we were on our way again: the RV towed to a shop and us to a pet-friendly hotel. The repairs were not quick, easy or inexpensive. Essentially, a belt in the motor broke and the cascading effects caused major damage throughout the engine; repairs took longer than we expected, and cost more than we expected. My husband kept saying, “We must be doing something right! Look at the opposition.”
A few nights spent in the hotel did not delay me from starting my new job and beginning the search for a place to live. Plans were to live in another campground inside the RV until we found an apartment. Living in a campground while working is possible, especially if you don’t mind sharing the showers with 80 new friends, but it makes an apartment feel like a luxury!
Apartments are few and far between around here, but God came through again. We spent a day driving around the surrounding communities and happened across a for rent sign. This unit was not advertised in the paper, and we were fortunate enough to drive by and spot the sign. A few phone calls later, we did a walk-through and assessed the potential of a year long lease.
The rooms are big, it is in a safe area, and has quiet neighbors, but the carpet and woodwork felt very 1980’s, and the appliances were horrific. I struggled because of the kitchen, but after looking for other options, I figured it was better than living in the RV and signed the lease. God (and our landlord) surprised us again by blessing us with new, modern appliances, which significantly improve the overall quality of the apartment.
We are leaving our house up north fully furnished for when we list it and decided to buy a few strategic pieces of furniture for the apartment. God has faithfully led us to unexpected sales and the place is starting to look like a real home.
I have experienced a “suddenly.” Within a week I left Florida, moved to Tennessee, started a new job, found furniture, and moved into an apartment. We are nearly unpacked and even have some pictures on the walls. The week has been a whirl-wind, with meeting many new people, learning a new community, apartment hunting, furniture shopping, and the demands of a new job. Some days it has felt as if I am trying to drink from a fire hydrant, but God continues to graciously bless and surprise me. And I look forward to being at the point where the only thing I have to focus on is my job!