• Gisla Bush

The Gift that Refunds

One day I received a call from my friend while I was in the middle of having school with my kids. She had needed to sale her property because it had become a financial burden to her. So she and her husband decided to do a quick sale to cover the mortgage and any associated incidentals. Along with their agent, they had agreed to sell the property for slightly more than the balance of the mortgage. Her real estate closing would be later that day. She seemed a little nervous, so I offered to review the closing documents for her. She declined, not wanting to interrupt my school day with the kids. Knowing that the closing was to be simple, I did not suspect anything would go wrong. Besides, her relative worked for the real estate agent and kept an eye on the transaction. All the same, I wanted to help ease any anxiety she might have about the sale. I insisted that I would be over shortly to review the documents. Upon doing so, I discovered that the agent was attempting to take advantage of them. We immediately contacted her relative and reported the agent’s attempted misdeed. As a direct result the real estate company cancelled the closing, revoked and released my friend from her contract. Outraged but thankful, we all recognized God's divine protection. I felt that I was in God's perfect will that day because He had used me to rescue my friend from a near disaster.

Around the same time, one of my husband's friends was being evicted and had to move within a few days. The friend did not have a place to move to. When my husband heard about how God had miraculously moved, he suggested that I talk with my friend to determine if she would be willing to work out a deal with his friend. She was. However, she wanted to be free of all contractual obligations regarding her mortgage. My husband's friend had bad credit and could not qualify for a mortgage. Determined to help his desperate friend, my husband assumed the mortgage and gave his friend the opportunity to purchase from him when he became able to do so. The seller was elated that she had received the same amount that she would have received from the prior closing that went bad, which was also the same amount that my husband's friend had for his rent deposit. Go figure! My husband's friend was excited because he now had a new and affordable place to reside. A short time later, he died unexpectedly and we were now the owners of that property that only carried a small mortgage.

Over and above what we could have imagined, God had set us up to be blessed with a rental unit that to this very day continues to produce monthly income for our family of eleven. Had I not sacrificed to help my friend or had my husband not had compassion for his friend, we would not have seen the fulfillment of God's word which says, "there is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered." We had no earthly idea we were setting ourselves up to bless ourselves later! God's word is spiritual and does not return void. It states that you reap what you sow, that it is more blessed to give than to receive and that you have abundance for every good deed. God desires only good things for his children but the choice whether that happens is solely ours!

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