I own several rental properties, both residential and commercial. Since 1989 I have had hardly any vacancies. What few I have had were for only just days, not weeks or months. I always try to match the property to the folks wanting to lease them.
Only a few days after 911 our son Levi II joined the Marines. He felt it was his duty to represent our family, since he was the only one not married. We had just given him 5 acres just up the road from us, and he had built a new house. Since he had enlisted for 5 years he wasn’t going to need the house. He and I made a deal and I purchased the house and turned it into a rental property. It is a really cute home, but not real large with 1300 sqft. It best fits a small family.
About 3 years ago our long time tenants had purchased a home. I began to consider who I would like to lease this home to. To make matters a little more complicated, between my house, and the rental is where my daughter and her family live. We had also given them 5 acres several years before. My granddaughter Alyson (age 8), who lives there, didn’t have any local friends. This is a problem in the country. Neighbors can be a mile apart. She asked me, “Poppie would you rent it to somebody who has a kid”? I told her that I would not lease it to anybody that didn’t have a young girl. I began to pray toward that end.
I immediately had folks wanting to lease the house. The only problem was there was no young playmate for Alyson. After a few days, a young lady named Jessica inquired about the house. When I met her and her mother to show the house, there she was, Josalyn, only a year younger than Alyson. I must say, I was elated, and they were thrilled with the house. We signed the lease, and Josalyn and Alyson have been BFF since. It has worked out really well for all of us.
This seems like a very simple thing, and it is. I prayed and The Lord supplied. I believed that He would send me a family with a young daughter, and He did. I could have leased it thinking just about the money, and it would have already been leased when Jessica called. The Lord has proved Himself faithful to me in much greater needs than this so many times before. How could I doubt Him? Like I taught on the life of David three weeks ago; David looked back to the defense of his sheep, killing bears and lions, so Goliath, the Philistine, was of no concern to him ( I Sam.18:34-37). David knew that God was able to deliver him. And God did deliver Goliath into the hand of David. The little shepherd boy slew the blasphemous giant.
May we never forget the things The Lord has done for us. When we pray we need to believe that He will answer us ( Matthew 21:22). We may not always get the answers that we wish for, but we know that He is always faithful.
Tomorrow, I will tell of a further development with this tenant, that reveals the peace of God which passes all understanding.