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"I'll See It When I Believe It"

I have always heard, "I'll believe it when I see it." My Sunday school teacher said, "I'll see it when I believe it". I had never heard that and it made me think of Scripture. John 20: 29, "Then Jesus told him, 'Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'" I thought of when I would pray for our house to sell. It was on the water and the market had fallen. While it had been the dream home, we were now in a different season. With my health issues the house and the yard was too much! We were ready to simplify!

For two years I had prayed for God to sell our house. One day I realized I needed to trust God with this situation. For years, even though I couldn't see God, I could see His activity in my life so now I needed to trust. I needed to thank Him for what He was doing. The more I thought about it the more I realized it had to be in His time. What if He was getting my next home ready. Proverbs 23: 7, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee." KJV So I started thanking Him, every day, for what He was going to do with our living situation. I began to believe that that was what God was doing - getting things all lined up for us. After I started believing this I started seeing it all work out. There was no need for stress. It would sell when it was supposed to. In God's perfect timing!

We had an offer one week before I had a six hour surgery I was preparing for. My mom nor my husband wanted me to deal with the stress of building or remodeling. Again, the market was in a slump. Mike did tell me he thought I should go look at things. I went and found a house that a friend and former builder of ours was finishing. It was in the area we wanted to be in with a small front yard that the association took care of. It had the perfect amount of back yard for us. There was only one problem. The realtor said the house had been taken off of the market 3 months prior. I called my friend that night and he told me the house had not been taken off of the market - it had been a computer glitch. I know better than that - God was holding that house for me. I was not able to be out looking for a house three months prior nor had we gotten an offer on our house. God had saved it for me. I believed this and I was starting to see it all work out!

God's timing was perfect. When we went in the house we knew it was "our" house. It even had the granite I had planned on using in another place we had looked out. I was just in time to pick out the paint, carpet and my floors. This house would be ready one month after my surgery. The buyers of our house let us stay there an additional week and would not let us pay them! And being able to pick out colors of walls, floors and carpet made me think to the future even though my future was unsure. God's timing was perfect and He was letting me see what I had believed - He would take care of this!

Faith requires that we believe, despite not having any visual evidence. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" We know that with man things are impossible but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19: 26, "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."

While the world says, "Seeing is believing," as Christians we say, "Believing is seeing!" God said, "First, believe me, then you shall see." Mark 9: 23, "Anything is possible if a person believes."

What do you need to start seeing? What do you need to go ahead and thank God for?


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