That was the title for God back in August of 2002 when our family moved to a new ranch house on Redwood Circle. We had lived in church parsonages until then, and this was a huge step for us – buying our first house. Barb was just starting her teaching career since our youngest, Wesley, was now in school. I was leaving the pastorate to start teaching, and the next year would be full time school and student teaching.
Yet somehow God opened the doors so that we could buy a house. Not sure how. We had a dollar amount above which there was absolutely 0 dollars. We found this spec house, gave it our best offer, and then signed the paperwork. The house had been vacant for a good long while and the building was eager to sell it.
The sign in the picture is the actual street sign in the corner of our yard. It has been “Cricle” for over 15 years. We came to adore that typo. Several years ago, in another part of the front yard we planted a fir tree. It was sad, so sad we named it “Charlie Brown.” Charlie had a rough beginning. In his 4th winter, we had a massive ice storm that bent 5 foot Charlie over so that his top touched the ground. The top of the arch that formed has never sprouted branches since. Charlie is now a healthy 12 feet tall. I’m not a tree hugger, but I’m going to miss him.
Last evening, I drove away from that house for the final time. I renewed my gratitude to God for providing us a place to call home – where our kids marked their increasing heights on a wall, where we hosted sleep overs and parties for the kids, where each of them – Katie, Kelsey and then Wesley suffered through adolescence and suffered more has they brought dates home to meet their parents. This house provided a place for us to meet and learn to love our great sons-in-law, and maybe a future daughter-in-law (depending on what Wes does – we all like her!).
And now, we move to a different house to make that our home.
And once again, I say, Jehovah Jireh – my Provider.
God provided us with a new house that will become a home and be a place of love, support and growth for our family – now including 2 small grandchildren who will learn to play, pretend and romp in our new park-like backyard.
But thanks to our God who provided – Jehovah Jireh – a home on Redwood “Cricle” and now a new home on North Evans.