God's Perfect Timing

February 2012

My husband and I were renting in an area where many new houses were being built. One house stood out from the rest. It was completed at the end of 2009. The house was grey and we liked the look of it, but we thought nothing more than this.

We drove, ran, walked past this house everyday for 2 years until one day, I began to like it more than usual. Unbeknown to me, the same thing was happening to my husband. The house cropped up in a conversation one night where we were amazed to discover that we both felt the same way about it. However we thought that the people living there were unlikely to want to sell because they hadn't really lived there for long (after all that effort of building it). But one night, I found myself saying, "God if that grey house was for sale, then we wouldn't mind buying it". A scripture and a thought then came to my mind:

Matthew 7:7-8
7 ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

"Why not knock on the door and ask?", I thought to myself (just like what the scripture said). There was nothing to lose, the worst that can happen is that they say "no".

So we decided to knock on the door the next day, but for some reason we completely forgot (things were happening that day that kept us busy). So we knocked on the door the day after that. When we arrived at the house, we saw a car sitting on the drive way, so we knew someone was in. We rang the door bell and waited, but no one opened the door. We rang it a second time, but again no one came to the door.

"Hmm.. so much for the scripture", I laughed, thinking how ironic that the door did not open. We waited for a few minutes before we finally gave up. We decided to leave and maybe come back the next day. But just as we were leaving, a pink car turned into the driveway - it was the lady of the house.

We asked her if she would be willing to sell her house. Her jaw dropped in response. She told us that the house was actually already sold to a buyer --- until 1 hour ago. Indeed, just 1 hour earlier she had had a call at work to say that the sale had fallen through because that buyer couldn't get the finances. So she invited us in to let us view the house. The second we walked in, we loved it and wanted to buy it.

The previous buyer had offered a high price, higher than what we could afford, but we offered what we could, and to our surprise it was accepted. She explained that because there were no estate agent involved with us, she would have no fees to pay and so she could afford to accept a lower offer. How good is God?!!

Thinking back, it occurred to me that:
  • Had we remembered to knock on the door on the first day that we planned, the house would still have been sold. We would have been disappointed, walked away, never to return and would have missed the opportunity of buying it.
  • Had the door been opened (by the man/husband of the house), he would have told us that the house was already sold to someone else (as he wouldn't have yet known that the sale with the other buyer had fallen through).
  • Had we missed the lady of the house in her pink car, and returned the next day, she would have put the house on the market with an estate agent which meant she would not have been able to accept a lower offer, plus there would also have been other people competing against us in buying it.

We realised that it was all divinely orchestrated, it was God's timing, perfect timing, not a moment too soon and not a day too late (we weren't even supposed to speak to the man/husband of the house). The door was opened after all as we knocked, but not in the literal way we had expected. We have been truly blessed with this house, and we believe that God gave it to us for very good reasons - not just as a roof over our heads, but for His glory too.

Moral of the Story

If you are waiting on God for something, and it isn't happening.... don't lose heart. It's not because God is slow, but because He is busy working in the background, orchestrating for things to happen. When the right time arrives, He will execute swiftly. Thus His timing is never less than perfect.

Isaiah 60:22

I am the Lord;
in its time I will do this swiftly.