On Saturday, June 4th, we packed up our car and truck once again to drive the last 36 miles of the trip we began last November. As we crossed the Bay bridge into San Francisco I felt the same sense of hope and excitement I felt when we initially left Colorado. It was unreal. We had been waiting for God to provide housing for so long that actually moving seemed more like a dream than reality.
I will spare you the details and emotions of trying to find a one-bedroom apartment in the desirable "Mission District" that we could actually afford and that we both liked. I will tell you that in the end of the two-month process, as we signed the lease, it felt like God was handing this apartment to us on a silver platter. We have a beautiful one-bedroom apartment on Mission street, in a very Mexican part of the city. The bus that both of us take to get to work is right across the street and parking has been fairly easy (being we still have two cars). And our really nice landlord is also a follower of Jesus! (Pictures of the apartment will be posted after we have it furnished!)
I find it interesting how quickly our attitudes and thoughts change when we get what we've been waiting and praying for. I have to admit that it was much easier for me to praise God with a genuinely rejoicing spirit after I knew we had the apartment than during the period of waiting. I have to remind myself that even when we are in the valleys (the low points or times of hardship) God is still God and very much in control. He does not change. It's amazing how quickly He can pull us out of that valley and onto the top of the mountain! It takes only an instant!
I am so glad we continued to trust in God, even when it was hard. He has blessed us with a wonderful place that already feels like home. And we know that he has a plan for us here. My job continues to go well and the realm of data-entry is growing wider and deeper every day (it's much more involved that I ever gave it credit for). And Chris still continues to work for the investment firm as an office manager.
After those last 36 miles, it feels like we started life again after an 8-month pause. And life is good; God is good—always. May we all continue to take steps of faith that will, without a doubt, bring us closer to our Lord.
Our New Address:
3812 Mission St. Apt. 1
San Francisco, CA 94110