Deciding where to live

I guess it’s everyone’s desire to have a place of their own. Whether you are a student trying to finish your college education, or an employee who is just starting a career, every one wants to have a place where they can freely do things. Same with me. I want to have a place of my own in preparation for my plan to start a family. I’m already in a marrying age, so is my girlfriend. Though we are not married yet, I think this is the best time to prepare for the future.

I want to have a place of our own because this is where I can exercise more the leadership, family and spiritual wise, that God commanded men to do. The Scripture even says in Genesis 2:24 – Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Yesterday, my girlfriend and I went to some places in Binangonan where low cost housing is offered. Binangonan is located in the province of Rizal, and in my own approximation, about 12 kilometers from Eastwood City where I currently work.

The first site was Lumina Homes. The place is just adjacent to Thunderbird Resort and Casino, and East Ridge Residences. Lumina is underdeveloped yet. The roads are, but there are no houses yet. You also need to drive before you can reach the nearest highway. This is what I want to avoid as much as possible, because I don’t like to drive everytime. I am good with public transportation.

The second site was Bria Homes, also in Binangonan. A lot of houses are already being constructed. At P1.3 million for a 40 sq.m lot area, the place is cheap. It’s also very near the highway. Just step outside of the subdvision’s gate and there are already tricycles. A 5 minute ride will bring you to the main highway, where jeeps and UV Express are available.

Both Lumina and Bria are projects by Vista Land.

The third site we went to was a mass housing project by Axeia. The Santorini Estates in Barangay Calumpang was very far from Bria, but it has a nice view of the city and Laguna de Bay.

My heart yearns for Bria, but there’s only problem. There was only one unit left for a single detached home and costs P 1.7 million. My girlfriend likes the place and is already excited in planning the home. But it’s out of the budget for me. Should I have it reserved, or should I look at somewhere else?

I kept on praying. I want to have the wisdom to discern if this is where God wants me to setup a home. I am reminded of Moses pleading to the Lord for His presence as they travel to the promised land. “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here,” that’s from Exodus 33:15.

God answered. Multiple times.

The first was when I turned on my laptop. For some reason, I immediately played a video of Christ’s Commission Fellowship June 10 service where the topic was “Choices Have Consequences.” Now, the very title of the message includes “choices.” I thought, if I immediately signed up for reserving a home in Bria, I have, in effect, made myself choice-less. The pastor even relayed the story of Esau exchanging his birthright for a cheap bowl of soup. Knee-jerk reactions, I thought, should never happen, specially in important decisions.

But the most notable answer was from Lamentations 3:25, and the ESV version says it better – “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” I encountered this verse as I am opening a website for my daily devotion. I don’t think it’s an accident that I saw this link. I have this desire for a home, but I shouldn’t be in a hurry. I will let God show me other options. His ways are definitely higher than mine.

And lastly, in Facebook, I saw this post from John Bevere – “It takes mature character to wait for God’s provision.”

Many times, I immediately agree on the first offer given to me. Whether it be a meal, or where to have my car repaired. But having options, I have learned, will give us a wider perspective of things. And so I thank the Lord for giving the answers so immediate and so clear.

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