A Lesson in Content, or; Weekend Reflection




This weekend was a bit of an unexpected adventure. It started on Saturday when Nick popped by work to show me a property listing that was 10 minutes away from his work. The property was 2.2ish acres, had a ranch style home (that needed a ton of updating), a rental suite, and an orchard. 

Following church on Sunday afternoon, we went with his parents and younger sister to look at the property. It was lovely, perfect for us, and for what we want to accomplish in our lives. However, the agent informed us that there was an offer coming in on the property that day, and we had until 4pm on Sunday to make a decision as to whether we wanted to submit a competing offer. 

So we did. 

And thus proceeded into perhaps the most apprehensive hours of my life so far. We were going out on a limb - offer conditioned upon financing (our end, obviously). We wanted to trust that if this is where we were supposed to build our life and our dreams, we would find a way - that if this was truly our calling, we would be provided for.

Five gruelling hours later, we found out that our offer was declined and that the homeowner, a feisty eighty-something gentleman named Cecil, had chosen to go with the other offer. We were disappointed, but I think also somewhat relieved. 

You see, I'm learning that I need to trust that everything will happen in its own time, and that we'll find our few acres when it is right. I don't know if you can rush these sorts of things.

I do believe that going out on the limb and putting in an offer was the right thing to do. I think that it was a growing experience for both Nick and I. It was also very special to listen to his parents talk about the property as a place where both he and I could pursue our dreams. 

This weekend was a lesson in being content. 

I truly believe, for the first time in a very long, long time, I am just that: content.

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What are the things your heart desires deepest? Have you had to exercise patience on your journey to achieve them? Have you had any heart-jolting experiences that taught you to trust? I'd love to hear your stories, too.




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