Military House Hunting: A Funnel Cloud Brings An “Aha Moment”

by Heather on July 23, 2015

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Military House Hunting: A Funnel Cloud Brings An “Aha Moment”

Hey there. Happy Thursday! We are gearing up for a trip to see family and I just can’t wait. There’s no place like home… there’s no place like home… Ok still here. Dang.

Well some crazy things happened over the weekend. Not quite Dorothy and Toto, but it’s a interesting story– I’ll give you our military house hunting background first, then share about the freaky funnel cloud and reveal my “aha moment.”

The Background

If you’ve been following the blog the past few months, you know that we just moved across town. We were on the list for base housing, but ended up not getting a home in time. Well, earlier this week, we got THE phone call: They have a military house available on base for us!

Slightly too late, as we are already did house hunting out in town moved into our new place haha. We just forgot to tell Lincoln military housing, so they had a unit for us. It was kind of funny and we were curious which home it was (I forgot to ask!).

Fast forward to this past weekend…

The Funnel Cloud

We attended a going away party on Saturday for some German friends. Before we left, a big thunderstorm was building and getting close. When we drove out of their street, we saw what looked like a dark, twisting hole in the sky.

“Is that a funnel cloud?” Hubby asked. It definitely looked like one, and spirals were starting to drop out of the sky. I freaked out! “Go go get out of here!” I yelled frantically. (I’m somewhat over dramatic at times… ahem.) I think he was wishing I wasn’t in the car so he could just park and watch it.

But hubby obliged and we headed home. A few minutes later we had torrential rain and a huge downpour at our house. We don’t live too far from where the storm was, but it didn’t get any worse than a bad rain shower.

The next day at church, I was talking with a woman who lives on base, right in the neighborhood we were on the list for. She said the funnel cloud went right over her neighborhood, but didn’t touch all the way down! Huge hail fell, trees crashed down, and they lost power.

The craziest part was that she said her neighbor had just moved out the day before– the house was now an empty unit (could it have been ours?).

BUT a tree had fallen on the neighbor’s house in the storm! No one was hurt thankfully. I was so glad to hear that… and then I thought, “I wonder if that was going to be OUR house?”

Does God Care About Military House Hunting?

Do you think it’s possible that God led us to live out in town to protect us? Maybe to save us the craziness of being told we had a house on base, and then getting the call that “Oops, your house was hit by a tree and you’ll be delayed.” Does God care where we live?

I definitely think He cares. I know He watches out for us. Only God knows the logistics of this situation, and maybe it wasn’t going to be our house at all. But it’s fun to think about the “coincidence” of it all.

I know that God doesn’t just exist to make our lives free of stress and challenges. He walks with us through the challenges of life and gives us peace during them– if we allow Him to. He can lead us away from a funnel cloud or to the right home when we’re house hunting.

In Psalms 23 it says “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”

That would have been a good verse for me to remember when I was freaking out about the funnel cloud! LOL. But it’s true. He’s with us to guide our path and protect us.

The Aha Moment

Looking back, instead of knowing exactly what God was arranging and directing about our housing, the incident with the funnel cloud served as a great reminder. It reminded me that God is with us. He gave me peace that He’s directing our paths. He is leading us and guiding us and helping us along the way. The home we ended up living in is evidence of that.

I was grateful Sunday that we are in the home that we have, and that we’re mostly settled rather than about to move. I am thankful that we aren’t about to move into a military house that just had a tree fall on it!

God’s hand in my life wasn’t quite as clear this time as when God spoke to me while house hunting, but it was encouraging nonetheless.

Sometimes we don’t see the whole picture, but we know that God is walking with us through it all. 

And that is enough for me.

XOXO,
Heather

ps- for more on house hunting, go to PCSing: Encouragement For Moving To A New Area

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1 Meghan Meredith July 23, 2015 at 7:54 pm

This was so encouraging, Heather! We are currently “house hunting” online hoping to find a place before we move out to LA next month. It’s been disappointing, stressful, and annoying all at the same time. We are continually praying that the Lord will provide us with the perfect house for us to call home for the next several years out there. It’s been challenging trying to prepare for a cross-country move from Atlanta to Los Angeles. We are trusting that God is with us every step of the way. And trusting that God knows the desires of our hearts when it comes to our home and trusting He will open the perfect door for us. Thanks for sharing this!

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2 Heather July 24, 2015 at 11:11 pm

Hi Meghan! I’m so glad this was encouraging for you. House hunting from afar is sooooo tough! Ugh. I’ll definitely pray that you find the right spot for you. Do you get to make any house hunting trips? God will definitely lead you. I wish He would tell us sooner what His plans are sometimes, rather than keeping us in the dark! LOL. The West coast is awesome! I hope you enjoy the tour. Thanks so much for reading =)

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3 PR July 25, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Love all the connections you made here — and how God sometimes gives us a glimpse of his power, through funnel clouds, fallen trees, and crazy coincidences 😉

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4 Heather July 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Thanks! Yes He works in mysterious ways huh =)

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5 Mckenna July 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Finding new housing is always so stressful for me, and I’ve found when I let go just a little bit, we always get led to the right place more quickly than when I’m striving. Thanks for sharing your heart on this!

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6 Heather July 30, 2015 at 1:05 pm

I hear you. I get stressed too but it never helps! Thanks for reading! =)

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