Numbers 17:1-13 (Part 1) – La Casita de Marcos y Elena & The Will of God!

Posted: September 17, 2016 in Book of Numbers, Uncategorized

Numbers 17:1-13 (Part 1 of 2)

The Budding of Aaron’s Staff

 

As some of our friends know and, now, you the reader join in with us, we signed a contract with our real estate agent on Monday of this past week. After arranging for photographs and working on the write-up of the house with the agent, our home was finally uploaded to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) of Greenville and Spartanburg on Thursday. As of today (two days later), Saturday, we will have had five showing of our home and we already have two offers at or above our asking price on the table. Our real estate agent, Stephanie, told us that our house because of its price point would sell quickly because of where we live is the next hot area in the Greenville-Spartanburg, SC market and housing in that middle market $100k-$300k is under inventoried right now. Yes, $100-300k is the middle market here (one of the reasons I love Upstate SC – housing prices are not crazy like they are elsewhere). So, today, our agent is going back to the two offers and asking them to give us their highest and best offer. We could very well have our house under contract before the day is done – after only 3 full days on the market. That, to me, is amazing and it is God’s hand.

 

For the past several years, since my graduation from seminary at North Greenville University’s graduate school, we have felt led to downsize our life. We have paid off cars, old unsecured debts, student loans and have now we have only our mortgage as our only fixed debt. We have felt drawn to what is known as the Lyman Mill Village which is in the town that borders Duncan, where we currently live. The Mill Village is a collection of about 200 homes that were once a part of the Pacific Mills mill village back in the day. The houses mostly built in the 1920s are now being snatched up by 30 somethings with kids and houses are being remodeled all over that village. One of the appeals of the village is the throwback neighborliness of the community. It’s like stepping back in time where everybody talks to each other as the people are out walking and jogging and strolling their infants. It’s the new chic retro neighborhood. Our church over time has loved on this neighborhood in many ways and we have just felt drawn there.

 

But then there’s this house in Holly Tree Estates. Man, how our life has changed since we moved in here in August 2010. I love this house. It is the nicest house I have ever owned. It is a comfortable house. It is such a cute house too. It is beautiful from the road. It has almost three quarters of acre lot. It’s a corner lot, one the biggest in our subdivision. It has a high wooden privacy fence all the way around the back yard. Lovely screened-in back porch. Wooded areas. Inside it’s just comfortable. Everything is where its supposed to be so you don’t have wasted motion. There is no wasted space in the house either. All that alone would make you love this house. And I do love it for those things. However, what I love the most about this house is that this is where God meant us to be these six years. When we were living in California and preparing to move back here, we shopped the houses that our agent recommended for us. From the moment I saw this house, I knew it was the one. God made sure of that! All the shopping of houses and the offer process, God made sure we were here. This was our sweet spot.

 

This house is where we moved in as 5 month newlyweds and are leaving as a mature couple who knows each other completely. It was here that we matured in our respective walks with Jesus Christ. So so much in that regard has happened with this place as our address, as our refuge, as our La Casita, as we call it. It was a place of maturation and preparation. It was our incubator. We matured in Christ. Through Christ, we matured financially and we have been so abundantly blessed by being obedient financially to the Lord. This house has been crucial to our history. We tried selling this house on our own two years ago but somehow it did not feel right, think Holy Spirit, so it did not sell. But now was the right time, and it will sell and sell quickly. Some people are calling us silly for selling this house and buying one in the Village but we both have peace about it and believe that we are following what God called us to do. Simplifying our finances in one more way is the next step. When you know that you are in God’s will for your life there is peace about it. Although I will most like shed slow man-tears when we set the keys on the counter and walk out of this house for the last time (because of what this place has meant to us), I will be at peace that we are doing what God has designed for us, regardless of what others think. Each step is leading us to what God has prepared for us.

 

When you are not in His will, there is always conflict. When we are in alignment with God’s will, He makes things happen so that you can see His hand in it. We are seeing that right now in our lives in how He has worked out the past six years and how He is working in our next steps. That’s what I thought of here when I read this passage for the first of two reviews this morning in Numbers 17:1-13:

 

17 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and get twelve staffs from them, one from the leader of each of their ancestral tribes. Write the name of each man on his staff. 3 On the staff of Levi write Aaron’s name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe. 4 Place them in the tent of meeting in front of the ark of the covenant law, where I meet with you. 5 The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites.”

 

6 So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and their leaders gave him twelve staffs, one for the leader of each of their ancestral tribes, and Aaron’s staff was among them. 7 Moses placed the staffs before the Lord in the tent of the covenant law.

 

8 The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. 9 Then Moses brought out all the staffs from the Lord’s presence to all the Israelites. They looked at them, and each of the leaders took his own staff.

 

10 The Lord said to Moses, “Put back Aaron’s staff in front of the ark of the covenant law, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious. This will put an end to their grumbling against me, so that they will not die.” 11 Moses did just as the Lord commanded him.

 

12 The Israelites said to Moses, “We will die! We are lost, we are all lost! 13 Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the Lord will die. Are we all going to die?”

 

 

I think the thing here that jumped out at me was that God made it evident who was doing His Will. The budding of Aaron’s staff was full-on evidence that Aaron was being designed by God to carry this particular task – being the head of the priestly clan. He made it abundantly clear. There was no doubt. It was clear as day.

 

That’s the thing. When we are doing God’s directed will for our lives, there is peace. There is trust. We sometimes don’t understand why God calls us to do certain things. They may not even make sense to us much less other people. But there is peace about it because God is making the way clear and making it evident to us that we are doing the right thing. He gives us peace even in the uncertainty of following His will for our lives. There is a peace. A calmness. Just the feeling that you are doing what God commanded in your heart. When we are going our own way, there is frustration. There is conflict. There is that bad feeling. There is the unclear path. There is no peace. The way ahead is not abundantly clear. There is confusion. There is no consistency in what you THINK you are hearing from God.

 

God will make the path clear. He will make it abundantly evident that we are supposed to follow this path. He will give us peace about following His lead.

 

Amen and Amen.

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