God is always good and God is good, always. But to me, anyhow, God is sometimes mysterious. I often wonder about my past life events, how they steered me to where I am now. Some of how I got to be here was also due to consequences of stepping off God’s path for my life. Remember, God forgives sin but there will always consequences to sin.
About 18 months ago, my wife and I were at a standoff about the house in which we were living, which was in Strawberry Ridge, Valrico. She didn’t want to be in that house and I had just lost my job, so we were both on disability – her, legally blind and me, suffering from diabetic neuropathy. With a limited income, we decided to take refuge in another mobile home park in Plant City. This park was on the outskirts of town and away from public transportation. My wife immediately disliked this. She was too far away from her children and could not get to them save for me driving her there.
Episode after episode of conflict of living in Plant City plagued us. With our doctors in Brandon (18 miles away), it was costly in gas and time for visits. Problems inside the park were greatly mitigating factors in what we were about to do. Rent had increased from $50 per month lower than Valrico to more than we were paying before. Incident after incident had me saying “If this happens one more time we are packing up and leaving”. New incidents came and went and we simply and stubbornly adjusted to them.
Then one day, my wife went into our master bedroom closet and looked up to discover the entire ceiling and upper parts of the walls covered in black mold – a roof leak. The first thing we did is empty the closet and clean everything as best we could. Many of the items were thrown out. The closet door was then shut tight. The next day, we called one of the sales persons who operate in the area and they were sitting with us by 10AM. Little did either of us know at the beginning of that week that a “For Sale” sign would be posted on our lawn by Wednesday. The following week we were looking at a rental property in Valrico, and before the week ended, we had signed a lease to live there for 3 years. Also during that same week, we had an offer from some folks to buy our home, despite knowing about the mold issue. The following Thursday, we were living in our rental!
So what does God have to with all of this? EVERYTHING!!!
God read our hearts and knew how truly unhappy we were living in Plant City. Apparently, He has work for us to do here in Valrico, as well. He manipulated events which pushed us over the edge to leave Plant City and then gave us a place to rent as well as a buyer for our house. What an incredibly inspiring series of events to have lived through. I now tell you that the truth is one and there is only one truth. Jesus Christ is the only truth and God is always good and God is good, always!