An elderly woman, who was recently widowed, came to us excited about the possibility of purchasing a new home. *Ruth had received a large sum of money and was eager to buy a place in order to turn it into a ministry house for women. She had her eyes set on a specific property. “The price is right,” she said, “and the place is huge!”
Ruth invited us and another friend to visit the property that she was eager to purchase. Along the way, we crossed into territory that was not considered safe for Israeli citizens. Before we ever arrived, we felt concerned with the location of the home. With enthusiasm, Ruth toured us through each room and expressed how she envisioned the place to be. By the end of the walk-through, we realized that it was our responsibility, out of love for Ruth, to inform her of the high risks.
If Ruth purchased the home, she would be throwing away all that she had and would find herself in a financial bind. Its current condition was such that it needed to be completely leveled and rebuilt from scratch. Because of the location, it would be unsafe for Ruth to stand alone waiting for the morning or evening bus. And in addition, it would be unsafe for others to come to her for ministry.
Tears welled up in her eyes. It was difficult to let go of the dreams she had for this home. But she made the decision to walk away and wait for something better.
We believe that God, in His mercy, spared Ruth from making a devastating, financial decision and possibly a life threatening one. We praise Him that He helped her to let go of what she wanted in the here and now in order to wait for His best.
“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” – Proverbs 11:14.
We are now on the journey of helping Ruth find her home. Please pray that God would lead us in unity to the place that God has for her. We trust that His plan for her is only good and will lead us and guide us in the direction of His perfect will.
*Name altered for privacy
This article originally appeared on CBN Israel, January 19, 2017, and reposted with permission.