Who knew the preparation just to get out of town would become such a part of our journey? Not me! (Diane)
God is doing a lot in our hearts these days – as individuals, and as a family. It’s encouraging. So exciting, and yet an adventure filled with lots of highs and lows each and every day. It’s a Roller Coaster Ride! (insert soundtrack here!)
Our days are manageable, but filled with so many thoughts, activities, check lists, normal day-to-day, and surprises, that when we go to bed, we don’t waste anytime falling asleep.
The end of last week, God gave us an amazingly full moon here in Fort Collins. It was spectacular. I have a special connection with the moon – beyond me just liking it, and I can tell many stories from over the years of how God has met me under the moonlight. And well this Full Moon, it didn’t disappoint – and God, He was very present.
Here’s a little story from our last few days – truly a whirlwind that’s for certain!
We had spoken with a local organization about renting our home while we are in Nicaragua, for newly arriving refugees. Many of the folks coming in are singles, so they were waiting for word on a family large enough to sustain our home. At the end of last week it was feeling like a total long shot, and I was gearing up to take some pictures and get our house listed on Craigslist. Then on Monday we got the call! A family of 6 was on its way.
The idea of being able to rent to this family made all of us Borden’s REALLY happy – that our home would be a place of welcome for them…the downside for us is that they arrive in Fort Collins on 12/17! Barely 2 weeks away to the day.
I requested a Jan. 1st move in date instead, but even that would be a stretch for us. It was turned down, so I requested a couple of days to pray and process. Was it physically possible to get moved out in this time frame? Where would we then live for the next 8 weeks before flying to Nicaragua? My mind was buzzing with questions of how could this work.
I gave Mike a call at work and he received the news with great joy. By the time I got off of the phone with him I no longer was feeling anxious, but my mind was still filled with so many logistics. I emailed a handful of friends to pray with us for both peace and clarity.
I am certain they were praying, as things truly did just begin to fall into place. In my mind, in the place for us to stay, with a with a modified move-in/out date that would in fact work out for everyone, with children who upon hearing the news eagerly said “Let’s Do It!”.
And so we got back to our local agency with an enthusiastic Yes – with a move in date on the 21st. A few days later than their perfect scenario, but a date that allowed our kids to finish up their semester as school, and the day we also already had planned to leave for a week in MN.
Still a major stretch, but as a family we felt like we could really pull it off and from our church body we were surrounded with prayer and offers of basements to crash in.
Renting our home furnished to this family, we quickly got excited on how to set it up specifically for them.
And, then we got the news. Only 4 would be coming (instead of the 6). As a family of 4, they aren’t large enough to sustain our home and the agency will now find them other housing.
We are relieved to be able to catch another breath and not feel quite as rushed, yet saddened for this family not getting to stay in tack at this time. We also, feel a bit of a loss not getting to have them in our home after all.
Such highs and lows in this crazy journey God has us on!
I don’t know if this was God testing us, but this has felt very much like a little heart check – and I am encouraged to report that us Borden’s passed! Deeply encouraged by my families willingness and flexibility to just figure it out. Seeing my children’s natural response to just love – despite the inconvenience, is a gift to me for sure! The Church passed too! Not that I would have expected anything less, but the ways in which they brainstormed, prayed, welcomed us in to their homes, & LOVED us showed our family once again the beauty in being a part of a church family and God’s provision for us – in the little & in the BIG ways. Our family is thankful for our church being The Church to us – these last two days, and everyday. Thank you Jesus for giving us such peace amidst what could have been such a chaotic time. We are blessed!
Excited for just today, not to pack one box, and to take a pause in all our logistics to enjoy this season we find ourselves in.
Happy first week of Advent to each of you – May you be encouraged today of God’s faithfulness. We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises He made to us. Our hope comes from God. (Romans 15:12-13)
New Living Translation (NLT)
12 And in another place Isaiah said,
13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.