End of 2021 – who could’ve known

Well, usually at this time of the year I would be heading to my family’s fav beach town for holiday. What with Covid, lockdown etc, we’re not… that’s what I thought, till I looked back on my blog at the beginning of 2021 and saw the picture the Lord gave me for 2021, with the question – will you put your hand in mine, child-like?

Well, then it struck me, once again the Lord knew at the end of 2020 what I would only find out at the end of 2021. Let me put it this way, I thought us moving here was God’s plan for us, Him fulfilling His life-long plan for us. I didn’t see He had revealed it to me at the end of last year already… he he…

Last year when I made the picture with the little boy and his father running along the beach I had no idea at the end of this year we would be living at the coast.

It all started with the lockdowns and the shear frustration my husband was feeling that the government can keep changing and moving the goal posts of daily life, when, where and how we can go to school, work, shop, eat… it seems everything is under their lock and key suddenly… this happening all the while our children needing to move on with school… my husband decided, that’s it, we’re moving to Cape Town. Now for me that was all too dramatic, I couldn’t cope with the thought of suddenly up and over with our whole lives, after all I was just making in-roads, I was deeply involved with church, making some wonderful friends and now, what, I must up and toss all this out the window to go to Cape Town to accomplish what…

then… without warning, at the insistence of my husband we said if within 3 weeks we find a home to rent in Durbanville, Western Cape, for the 1st of December, 2021, we will take it as the sign from the Lord that we are to go, bearing in mind it was early September (there shouldn’t be any rentals for 1 December yet). Even after asking the Lord this, even after He showed us a property the very next day, I was still skeptical… me the evangelical, full-out, faith-filled believer, was still questioning God… ahem… say no more…

Then, again, out of the blue the Lord reminded me of the words He had told me 10 years earlier when I had been loathe to leave Cape Town to move (to what we thought would be Johannesburg) ended up the Lord was right (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) we moved to Pretoria. At that time I hadn’t wanted to move and my hubby said we had to, it was best for us. The Lord said, ‘You will move to Pretoria, be equipped, moved back to Cape Town and then onto the nations.’ So, now, it was my husbands insistence, it was the Lord’s reminder, then my latest prayer partner called me and left a message to say that the Lord has equipped me for my new adventure, I mustn’t question it, He has opened up a path for me and I will move swiftly through and into it. Now, he had no knowledge of my intentions to move or that we were even considering it huh, huh, joke on me! God, what are you doing here.

That’s it, I decided, OK God, if you want us to move to Cape Town my kids have to go to a decent school, I’m not moving if they can’t get space in the school I’m hoping for. We haven’t spent all this time educating them to loose ground now. I, without telling anyone, picked up the phone and contacted the school. I asked all the usual questions regarding admissions and then said do you have space for a Gr 3 and a Gr 8, and the admissions lady said yes, in fact we have one for each. I said something to the effect of, Oh what a relief, because if you didn’t have space we were not coming. Wow, what a blessing that turned out to be, this lady and I, we worked hand in hand, team to team to make this a reality for my kids – turns out the Lord knew what He was doing there… you’d think I’d start seeing the pattern?

Then it came to quotes from movers, oh my word, have you ever looked at the cost of moving houses, it’s insanity, what a business! I said, Lord, if we don’t get this cost halved, we can’t go! Now we’ve booked schools, we’re looking for houses and we’re needing to transport our goods – you would think I would know by now what would happen next, the very last person we got in to quote came in at almost exactly half the price of the first 6, I actually wondered about calling him a second time, I thought since all the others are nearly the same, surely his quote won’t make a difference? Well, as I said, his quote was almost exactly half the cost, which is what I’d asked the Lord.

When it came to the house, we had a rental, fully furnished, contract signed, everything good to go, about a month in advance the advertiser started giving my husband trouble. Something about you are in breach of contract, long story short, my hubby had to fly to the Cape to sign a rental with an agent, where we found our own home, beautiful property in a poetically named street. I was starting to see, God wants us to move, I think I only started realising that we had done it when we reached our halfway point on the 1st December, when in Colesburg, the halfway stop of the 1 271 km. It only took me 3 months, 684 km’s to realise that we had rearranged our whole lives.

Well, God is good as always, which is why I now sit, writing my year end blog post a few days earlier than usual… still surprised, when the Lord told me to place a picture of a dad walking hand in hand with his boy on the beach, I remember the uneasy feeling I had about it, doesn’t look quite right, doesn’t look professional for a front page pic, but man, I’m a slow learner, every year, without fail, that pic ends up being what the Lord has for the next year… I can’t wait to see 2022’s vision from the Lord…

God bless, Merry Christmas and Shalom for the New Year. We’ll chat then

P.S. until then I’ll share some of the things the Lord spoke to me in this time, perhaps it will resonate with you, let me know?