Hidden Blessings


Readers, a month goes by in a flash when the life you’ve known for four years is almost at an end.

I’ve got a lot planned for you all in the near future – more recipes, updates on the end of college life, anticipation of marriage. In the meanwhile, I’ve been caught in a whirlwind of hidden blessings scattered like tiny seeds throughout my week. When I stumble across them, they burst into bloom.

The most recent that I would like to share involves the selling of my childhood home. You can read up on my original feelings on the matter in my post here. Since that post, I have come to terms with this change in life. However, with the house on the market for over a year now, we’ve all become a little more than detached and worn out with this worldly object that we have to hold on to until someone else wants it. It’s burdensome to live in your home like it’s already owned by another person.

Well, things change. We had our first offer.

The reason this is a hidden blessing is a wonderful story. Four years ago, my parents first began talking about a new life in the country where they could build an earth-sheltered home, have animals, dig a large garden, go off the grid. In a desperate wave to keep home close, I begged them to not sell our house until I was out of college. My sister was able to always “go home” from school, and I should also have that chance. They agreed.

Then, last year, my father lost/left his job and we were faced with a self-imposed ultimatum. We had to sell the house or we would be in serious trouble for numerous reasons. I was ripped in half, but I agreed it had to be done. I agreed, but I wasn’t ready to lose the only house I had ever known.

That was a year ago, and in that time we’ve had lookers but no one willing to settle down. I got engaged and have a set day that I’ll be on my own. And even though it’s not set in stone yet, a first offer on this house is a serious offer and bounds from where we were. Over an entire year and a couple months, we only have an offer just now?

Just as I’m two weeks from graduation?

Just as I’m getting ready to get married and leave home?

God works in wonderfully mysteriously and ironic ways.

If this all goes through, the transition is perfect. My parents are beginning an adventure in a new home as empty-nesters and I’m beginning the adventure of marriage. Just like the transition of my sister getting married was eased by my moving to college, we meet that glorious ideal crossroads again. Only this time, my parents will have fulfilled their promise and all the pieces fall into place. No word was broken, even by necessity. And we’re now all ready to let go.

Call it what you will – coincidence, irony, chance, but God is always faithful, especially in that dark hour just before the creeping calm of morning light.

It’s another hidden blessing, wrapped up in the vines of a tangled time away.

Two weeks until graduation, and I’m doing my best to stay strong.

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About SisyphusFalls

I have been writing ever since I could read, and before that simply using my imagination. I write, think and love deeply.

Posted on May 1, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I stumbled upon your blog cause I’m a Facebook stalker of the Park family and saw a link through a post of Karmen’s. Hopefully you know who I am talking about rather than finding me crazy. But oh yes, there is a point here, somewhere….. I’ve only skimmed around a little but I like your blog thus far! I was drawn to this post cause of the title (and it was the original link). I know I don’t know you but I love hearing about God working in people’s lives and I’m so glad that things are working out for you. That time at the end of college is rough and I’m not looking forward to it myself. I’ve been watching my sister make the transition as well as a couple of friends. But I just wanted to say stay strong, keep it up, and I’ll be keeping you in my prayers!

  2. Linda Prahst Yanega

    Praise God for those hidden blessings!! And Thank you for sharing your heart! It means to world to me. I am so grateful to our faithful God for all that He has done!!!

  3. Carolyn Prahst

    Spiritual maturity does not always come easy…but eventually these tests in life make us shine like gold or silver after it comes from the refiners fire…but then, God always has our best in mind…and as you have so wonderfully stated His timing is perfect.

  4. As a neighbor and fan of your parents I am glad to see that you’ve had an offer. It is perfect timing.

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