The Kneezle family’s search for a home here in South Africa has been a long and sometimes dramatic journey. About a month ago we lost a beautiful home that we loved in an amazing neighborhood just minutes from the beach. We had put in an application in competition with others and we were selected to get the house until the owner changed her mind last minute. The rental market here in South Africa is super competitive and there’s really not much available (much like home in CO), so we were extremely disappointed and felt a bit hopeless. The kids were bummed because they didn’t get the awesome treehouse in the yard.
Our current landlord of our temporary home is super amazing and sent me these verses when we lost the house:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:8-12
She had the perspective we needed. God sure does know what He’s doing, and He doesn’t always do things the way we would (thank goodness!). If it was up to us we’d be in the treehouse house now. We’d be unpacked and moved in. We’d be living in a small space and my inlaws would be sleeping on bunk beds. But instead, a week after we lost it, we found another home. A better, bigger, less expensive home. Seriously!? In this crazy difficult market!? A home that we love and that we can actually grow into!? It feels like a bit of a miracle really. God really did have something better in mind for us all along and we are so very glad He knows what He’s doing!
We move in December 1st and we are all very excited to finally settle in and unpack all of our suitcases just in time for Christmas. Thank you so much to all of you who have been walking with us and praying for just this. We are grateful!
If you ever find yourself in the Cape Town area, come see us. We’ll have plenty of space, warm beds, and we love company!
Here’s some pictures from the last month: