By: Mark Wisterman
This is a little difficult for me to write as I have never been one to speak in any type of open forum about why things like I am about to relate to you happen.
In the past I would chalk up things like this to “coincidence” or “luck.” But I do not think those things anymore. I think it is much bigger that. And I do mean BIGGER!!
This is just the latest in a series of events that have occurred to me over the past few months that can only be described as, well, indescribable.
This afternoon I received an Estimated Settlement Statement for my buyer. For those of you who don’t know, these statements are issued by the escrow companies in order for buyers and sellers to see what the financial implications of their sale or purchase is. In this case the estimated statement called for my buyer to bring in a check in the amount of about $6,400 for the balance of their down payment and other closing costs. As I always do, I reviewed the statement before e-mailing to my client for her review. There was nothing that stood out to me as being wrong or out of the ordinary.
About an hour later she called me very confused and concerned about the amount that she was being required to bring in when she signed her loan documents. I do not want to get into the details as to why she thought what she thought about the amount, but she was assuming that she only had to come up with another $3,000 to close the transaction. We talked about it for a few minutes and then I called the loan officer’s assistant to review the numbers with her. Nothing in the numbers had changed since the buyer signed all the lender disclosures.
I called the buyer back to further discuss it with her. Although she still did not quite understand what had happened she said that she had the additional $3,400 that was needed thanks to her husband’s parents who, by the way, are also co-buyers of the home.
Here is how the part of the conversation went leading up to the reason for this post.
Me: So you have discussed this with your husband’s parents?
Buyer: Yeah. Thank goodness they have the money to help. They have been very supportive. If I had to turn to my parents I would not be able to come up with the money because they could just not do it.
Me: That is great that they are so helpf……..
Buyer: Oh my god!!
Me: What’s the matter?
Buyer: My husband just opened mail from my parents and they sent their wedding gift to us. It is a check for…………………………$3,500.
Me: Are you kidding me.
Buyer: No…… I think I am going to cry.
By the time the conversation was over my client was barely able to speak as she was trying to hold back the tears. I hung up the phone and just sit quietly at my desk for a minute or two contemplating what I had just been a part of. All I could think at the time was…WOW!
Like I said, in the past, I would use words like coincidence, luck, spooky, crazy, etc. But no more. It is events like this and the others that I have witnessed lately that now move me to use words such as, grace, intercession, miraculous, blessing, etc. There can be no other way to explain these things.
To those of you who have long ago had your faith training wheels removed this is probably no big news. But to someone still learning to get my faith-feet on the ground I am still more than a little amazed at what just happened.
Today God provided, in His own time, and just in time, to my buyer. But He also provided something more to me during a day when I was struggling to get from one hour to the next.
It was this message:
Do everything that you can do and He will do what you can’t.