One of the most compelling aspects of the minimalist lifestyle for me is that it overlaps well with living a life of faith. Living out your faith means leaving room for God to act on your behalf without forcing outcomes and being willing to have outcomes that differ from what you have in mind.
Our family lives in Indiana, and just a few weeks ago I accepted a job in Oklahoma. We are moving there at the end of this week. In the span of a few short weeks, God has sorted out many details that were unknown and I want to share them to testify to His provision.
* When you obey God, He often provides more than you ask Him for.
Being a minimalist family in many ways, we began our home search on the inexpensive and small side of housing. While we will continue our minimalist practices, God provided an affordable home that will allow us to live out our values of hospitality and hosting out of state/out of country visitors better than we have in the past.
* When you obey God, He sends others to help you out.
The very day my mother in law was viewing a home for us in Oklahoma, a relative of the family who chose to rent our home here in Indiana was touring our home. We’d anticipated having to spend money on a plane ticket for me to look at homes, but my mother in law went in my place and used her smart phone camera to help us make the decision.
* When you obey God, others will benefit.
Had we not been willing to move, our home would not have been available for the precious family who will soon occupy it’s rooms. They were praying for and looking for a specific fit, which they found here. We were also looking for a home with some specific qualifications, which happened to be available at just this time and for just the amount of money we’d budgeted.
It’s important to note that we intended to sell our home in Indiana and purchase one in Oklahoma. But as we prayed for a solution and saw some doors close and others open, we discovered God had another plan. I’m sharing this because I think flexibility is a core component of being minimalist (and something I’m working to develop). There are still a few key unknowns regarding our move, the most pressing one being where our children will attend school. But as it was with the housing situation, God will bring His plan to light at the right time.
Controlling situations won’t bring the best results. Where in your life are you leaving gaps for God to provide in a unique way?