I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies, except occasionally to fall asleep at night. But I found myself watching a movie last night, The Brothers Grimm, released in 2005 starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as the infamous brothers. I’m not advocating the movie; just stating a fact.
The plot of the film is basically that the two are con-artists who make their living off of superstitious people living in Germany during the early 19th century. They eventually encounter a real enchanted forest under the spell of an evil witch and have to battle trees that can attack with their limbs and roots, a werewolf, and other fantastic obstacles while finding a way to help a small village break the spell.
Not that I have ever fought with a tree that could wrap its roots around my feet and drag me under ground or a witch with magical powers. But there are definitely times when it feels like I’m walking through a haunted forest, fighting unseen forces and no ability to reason why things happen as they do.
I have shared before that Jane and I owned a cabinet shop for more than 25 years and that we recently sold it. What I have not shared is how badly we suffered financially during the recession that hit in 2009. In order to keep the business afloat, we personally absorbed all of the debt of the company to the tune of about one million dollars. That’s not a lot by world standards, but for us, it was a sizable amount of debt. Over the course of the last six years, we have tried multiple times to refinance our house or commercial building in order to get some debt relief, only to be turned down time and again. In the end, we decided to sell our house and, hallelujah, we now have a contract on it. After the sale, except for the commercial building, we will be completely debt free.
The financial worries that we have endured during these six years have been very real and very hard.
And they’re not over! Last year, when we attempted to sell our house, we made the mistake of signing a lease to rent a house too soon but then couldn’t sell the house. We had to break the lease contract. We didn’t want to commit the same error again this spring, so we waited until we were sure we had a firm commitment on the house. Twice we thought we had found a rental house only to be surprised to find out the house wasn’t available. We have finally signed a lease but the rental house is not available until July 1st. We have to be out of our current home by June 15th. Soo….
We’ve rented some warehouse space to store our stuff until we can move in, and we’ll have to find temporary living space, and our daughter, Lydia, who lives with us, just had another baby, and our other daughter and her family are coming from Shreveport, LA to visit in June while her husband is away for a month for military training, and I’m leading a mission team to Mexico in July right after we move, and my son and his wife are expecting a child in August and they’re looking for a new place to live, and pant, pant, pant ………… you see where I’m going. It never slows down……..
It’s a grim world ……. at times. Overwhelming circumstances. If we allow them to rule our hearts, we’ll go crazy. But that’s where God steps in.
Hebrews 13:5-6E (ESV)
5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
I actually sleep really well most nights and don’t get too upset by the circumstances. Why? Because my confidence is in God, not in me. It’s a relief to know that all of the weird and crazy events in my life are not in my control, but his.
I haven’t made my coffee yet, it’s time to start a pot. I’ll get one going while I say a prayer for the day ahead, knowing that everything will be fine …….. just fine.