Then The Lord said to Moses, “Divide the land among the tribes, and distribute the land in proportion to the tribes’ populations, as indicated by the number of names on the list. Give the larger tribes more land and the smaller tribes less land, each group’s inheritance reflecting the size of ite population. (Numbers 26:52-54 NLT)
When our tribe became sixteen, we were outgrowing the house in which we lived. Five of our older children had left home. Our home then was suitable enough for my children who were toddlers or under ten. But I knew as my boys got bigger they were going to need more space.
I began to pray and ask God to for a bigger home. His word promises “The Lord will supply all you needs.” I needed a bigger house for my tribe.
I was encouraged by the scripture I have mentioned above. I was believing God would provide a big house for my big family. He blessed me with my children so I believed God would help me rear them and provide a home for them.
Many people believe one is crazy for having a big family. In these times getting married is not popular and having children is even less popular. “Where will you get the money for a big house.” “It must be very expensive to feed and clothe your children.” “How will you pay for their education.” I had faith for each day and not worry about tomorrow.
Jesus said “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:31, 33, 34 NLT)
Having Faith in God takes off all the pressure. God is not a liar. When he promises to do something he will bring it about. Our part is to believe, be patient and not doubt or give up hope. The danger can be when one has to wait a long time for the fulfilment of a promise, the temptation is to give up hope. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”Proverbs 13 v 12.
I tried to move to the country. There is space in the country, my children could roam over fields, like I did as a child. I saw a large Presbyterian Manse for sale. We showed our interest in buying it but were refused. I found another big house to let in the country, but again was rejected. I kept looking. We tried to move down to Kerry. That did not work out and I was bitterly disappointed. I had been hoping for five years for a bigger home. I gave up. My husband said he would do an extension in the house in which we lived. I did not want to hear. I fell out with God and stopped praying. But he didn’t fall out with me. He had his plans.
A friend of mine, a single mum with four children was praying for a new home. Her children got sick during the winter because of the cold house in which she lived. She found this beautiful house to rent. I thought “God has helped my friend. He will help me.” My faith was restored and I began to believe again that God would help us.
A few months later my husband had a picture of a man he knew from the past. He would see this picture every morning for three weeks. At last he called this man up and talked to him about our interest in finding a bigger home. He is an estate agent. He lived in another part of the country, in County Down. That is where I lived when I was young. Would God bring me back to live there? Another scripture came to mind.
At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the Lord.. (Zephaniah 3:20 NIV)
We waited another five months. Our house sale completed. We had to move in October. We called up the man Brendan connected with many months earlier. We went down to meet him and his wife and they welcomed us and were willing to help us. No more rejection. We prayed together and asked God to guide us. We need other members of the body of Christ.
Our new friend was able to find a house suitable for us. It was owned by the nuns from the convent where I went to school when I was young. We got favour because they remembered me and our family. We lived there for a year. It gave us time to settle in this new area and for our children to adapt to their new schools.
We met regularly with other people who prayed. They were praying for us to have a permanent home. We did find a house suitable for our needs. We were welcomed in our new community.
God gave us land according to the size of our tribe. Thank you Lord. He is faithful. Our children grew tall and flourished in their new home and big garden. They made new friends. They could walk to school. No stress.