All Packed Up With No Place To Go
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She was fed up.
My mom no longer wanted to rent a home. She wanted to own a home.
However, the divorce from my father years earlier left her bankrupt with an unfavorable credit score. She had little to no money in her bank account. I was a newly wed at the time and my husband and I had just moved into our starter home. Our real estate agent was super sweet and helpful so I referred her to my mom.
Unfortunately, our realtor was limited in what she could offer. She advised that my mom improve her credit score before she could provide any further assistance. She pointed my mom in the right direction to get started on the improvement. But my mom did not take heed to the advice. Instead of doing the humanly logical thing of building her credit and possibly saving money, my mom started bringing home boxes.
When I initially saw the boxes in her home I was confused. My mom can’t hold water so I knew she would not have closed on a home without telling me. I asked her if she had found a home. She replied “ No, but I’m moving out this place soon. I’m just pre- packing.” The digits of her credit score and bank account meant nothing to her. She knew without a shadow of a doubt that she would be moving — and moving sooner than later.
I am not certain of the exact timeline but no longer than a year later, my mom was moving those pre-packed boxes into her cute new home. It was perfect for her. Not too big or too small. It was in a nice quiet neighborhood with mostly middle aged or retired neighbors. I was so happy for her. She finally had a home to call her own. She did not improve her credit score nor did she save any money. She only had faith.
When I think of her pre- packing those boxes it reminds me of faith’s power. We so often miscalculate the power of our own tongue and mind. Some aren’t aware of the supernatural reality of faith. It is REAL! Think about it. Everything that is in existence now was at one point non-existent. The phone, laptop, desktop, or tablet that you are reading this article on was once only a thought — a concept in someone’s mind. The clothes on your body was once only a design. The home that I am composing this article in was once just a blueprint. Everything that exist was first only an idea. Ideas and concepts are made real when people have faith that it can become a reality. Faith is the bridge from ideas to existence. Here is how faith is defined per the bible:
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The very description of faith is supernatural in itself. It is the evidence of things not seen. How can things that are not seen have any evidence? How can it be accounted for? I bet you think I have some ground-breaking profound and philosophical answer to this question. Guess what my answer is? Go ahead guess…. My answer is faith!
No, I’m not going to feed into selling you Christ or attempt to persuade you into believing and having faith. There are many critics who want you to prove Jesus to them. To prove that faith works. I myself have read books and articles outside of the Bible to further prove that my belief is accurate. I read Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ. I’ve read articles on archaeological evidence of biblical events being confirmed.
I’ve read scientific articles about the possible confirmation of God because of how the design of the Earth and our DNA is so intricate and astonishing that it must have been intentionally created. I’ve also read counter arguments about how Jesus did not exist and how we cannot assume that there is a God just because there is no scientific answer to certain things including the Big Bang Theory. I’ve read articles on why people choose not to believe in God based on their own personal experiences.
The aged questions,"Does God exist?" "How did something come from nothing?" If God created everything then who created God?" will not go away regardless of what side of the spectrum you are on — believer, agnostic, or atheist. Having faith is a choice. Hebrews 11:6 states the following:
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him
You have to choose to believe. You have to chose to have faith. Not only must you choose to have faith but it must be unwavering faith. James 1:6–8 reads:
James 1:6-8 (KJV)
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Listen, I am not here to debate you about what you should or should not believe. There are plenty of people who are willing to argue that with you if you are interested. Just go to any social media comment section and debate away. I am simply telling you want can happen if you do choose to believe. I have witnessed one too many coincidences to not believe in Christ.
In fact, the publishing of this very article is yet another coincidence. I toiled over this article all day for two days straight. Yesterday, I was in my head and concerned that I would not connect with my audience. I felt as if I was not getting my point across. So, I let my husband read it. He wasn’t blown away. So, I wrote it again. But I still didn’t get the reaction from him that I wanted. I became frustrated and deleted half the article. I told him I would leave it alone for awhile and come back to it when I was motivated again.
Fast-forward to the very next day, I received a text from my mom. She always sends motivational texts in the mornings. It’s her way of connecting with all her children. Guess what she text this morning? Hebrews 11:1. I cannot make this up. I would not make this up. What would I have to gain from lying to you? I called her and spoke to her about how ironic (or divine) it was that she sent that particular bible verse. I told her I was writing an article about her faith when she packed those boxes and that Hebrews 11:1 was my primary verse.
I asked her what motivated her to have such great faith. She told me of a story she heard in church. The story was about a town that was in a terrible drought. The people prayed for rain and went on about their daily lives after their petition to God. Then one sunny day with no forecast for precipitation, a woman was dressed in rain boots, a rain coat, and carried an umbrella. The people of the town laughed at her for expecting rain. They made fun of her for believing in the very thing that they all hoped would come to past.
I talked to my mom for a while and I can assure you that she is just as sane today as she was when she pre-packed those boxes. My mom was not absurd or illogical. She just had faith. The kind of faith you should have if you choose to follow Christ. The kind of faith that resulted in her unpacking those pre-packed boxes in a very tangible home.