A friend of mine is Christian. She & her husband bought a house a few years back at a high price. Something happened where they ran into trouble... the realtors [over]sold them a 5 bedroom when it was registered with the city as a 2 bedroom. They got rid of the house & sought litigation against the realtor and sellers and it's been in courts for a couple years now. She and her husband have since moved into an apartment. I asked her how she felt living in an apt in comparison to having her house. This was (more or less) her answer:
She loved having a house because she never thought she would be a home owner but she's more than happy where she is now. The Lord has provided her with so many blessings she couldn't complain about anything. Even with the lawsuit, she isn't pursuing anything more than their money back on the house. She's not going for additional suits for anxiety, medical bills, etc. that have occurred from this situation. She's prayed for the Lord to take care of it because she believes in Him & knows He will provide. The months before the house situation happened, He was giving her scriptures like Hebrews 6:13 -
"When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised."
She's held to that scripture and her faith tight fisted. She has faith and believes God will provide for her even in this situation. He has proven so thus far and she knows He will continue to do so.
Do you know that she's planning on putting the lawsuit money towards something non-material? She's not using it to buy something big and frivolous. She's not using it to splurge on purses or shoes or a new shiny car. She's using it on something non-tangible. Not for her. She is more than happy with her apartment & how her life is. She has her health, her job, her family but most importantly God.
Watching her tell me the story of the house, lawyers, court and seeing the glow of victory on her face was amazing. In her humbleness she showed her victory with Christ by her side. It was amazing. It was inspiring. It was truly God's work in her.
With that example of Christianity at its finest, how can we not sit back and reflect on how we live and what we've put our focus on? Even with Christ in our lives, have we chosen to "chase the check"? Have we opted for material items to prove what a fulfilling life we lead? Have we let the materials of this world overshadow the sight of God's vision for us?
A brief conversation with a friend, that's all it was, just conversation, and yet it was inspiring. It was confirmation. It was a reminder. It was reflection.
It was God.