A Pool View

Most of you who know me know how unhappy I have been with our house that we are renting. It’s terrible. It’s awful. I have tried to see the good and I know that there are a lot of people who would be happy to live here, and it isn’t so much what it looks like, just how the property is ran. Our landlord is awful. They don’t take care of the property. They don’t respond in a timely manner. And they ‘forget’ eveything I have asked for.

But it’s okay because we are so close to the end of our lease, I can taste it. We decided to start looking for a new place to live now, rather than wait around.

Justin and I have a good attitude about finding the perfect place for us. We don’t want to rush and we often remind ourselves that if it’s meant to be it will be. God has certainly provided for us each time in the past with safe and affordable housing so we know He wouldn’t stop now.

So yesterday we spent the entire day looking at different properties to rent. The thing about Houston is the cost to rent is outrageous. This economy is booming and they know it. So you are lucky if you pay $1 a square foot. Most of the time, it’s more.

For months we have driven around and made calls about houses and apartments for rent. Most of them way too far from our budget. So we prayed. And we’ve been praying. Actually, I think I’ve been praying about this since I moved into this house.

Our search began in an area of Houston much closer to the husband’s work. We knew that we were going to have to increase our rent budget, but we were uncertain by how much. It seemed that we would have to sacrifice a nice neighborhood for price. Something we weren’t thrilled about, but knew that we would have to do whatever we had to do. Perhaps, we would have to settle.

We looked at all kinds of places to live. Brand new complexes, complexes that had been around for 20 years. Carpet, wood floor, garage, pool, drive up mail, everything.

The prices were way over our budget even with the necessary adjustments, but I never felt discouraged.

Lately, I’ve been trying to make it a habit to remind myself “God’s will be done.” He has proven to me that He knows what I need and He knows what He is doing and so if I learn to just let it go and give it to Him, He’ll take care of me and I won’t be so stressed out.

So yesterday, Justin and I were standing in the lobby of a complex looking around. We just had a feeling that this was just a bit too far from our budget. And they didn’t have any 2 bedroom 1 bathroom available, and unfortunately, down here, an extra bathroom means lots more money.

As Justin and I were standing in the lobby looking around, I glanced at the pool. It was nice, there were trees, it was clean and it reminded me of a home. I turned to Justin and said “I wish that one day we could live in an apartment over a pool. The view would be amazing.” He agreed with me and said “maybe one day, but those are expensive.” At that moment, the account manager stepped out from her office. She had gone inside to use her computer to figure out what apartment she had available for us. She came out and said, not hearing our conversation at all,  “I’ve got an apartment available on the second floor overlooking the pool. It’s actually cheaper than the other one I wanted to show you.”

Immediately, I looked at Justin and we both smiled at each other. How did He do that??!! It’s times like this that remind me just how cool God is.

We know we don’t need a pool view. But it’s things like this that show me just how much God is my father. As a parent I provide all that my children need. I make sure they have everything they need, but I also love making them happy, and excited, by giving them what they want.

But the really cool thing, I didn’t pray for a pool view. But He knew. He knew it would make me happy. He knew that I would be okay without it, but He loves me and He wanted to show me.

We still don’t know if we were approved for the apartment. When we left the manager said “I’ll let you know in a couple of days what your deposit is.” So I think that’s good. But even if we don’t get it. I’m okay. Because with that reminder God gave me, I know He’ll do whatever it takes to provide for me and take care of me.

I hope you know that too.

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