How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day, today?
Earlier this month, I moved to a new place. It is located in a building just next to my previous place. In September, the manager in the previous accommodation wanted to higher the rent by more than 20%, which is non-sense to me despite inflation. Before the talk to the manager, I actually kept thinking until when I should live in that place, and when and where I would move, if I should. But I didn’t want to initiate the idea of moving, until the Holy Spirit gave me the heart to move. Then, after the conversation with the manager, I thought this would be the sign for me to move, as his offer didn’t make any sense to me and the negotiated rent price he offered was still high. So, I sought the Lord for His wisdom, guidance and favor. I googled available rent in the next building, although I knew it is a bigger size apartment than my place so that the rent is higher. Interestingly though, I found out a newly posted rent with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms at a good price. It was posted just the previous day. I called the real estate agent. And she said the offer is really good for the size and everything. And she said, the landlord is an old couple in their 70’s and 80’s, and they are very nice, which is actually important. I would agree with her, as I used to have good landlords and understood how important it is. But for this new place, for some reasons, I was not able to view it before making a decision. I could have searched for other places in other location, but I had no peace on that. I simply had peace on making a contract for the apartment in the next building. At least I knew it faces east with a nice view, opposite to the main street, so quiet, and it has a good amount of sunlight during the day, just like my previous place. I had a few things to consider before making a decision. I didn’t want to change the environment dramatically for mom’s dementia so that I wanted to have the similar view to the previous place’s.
So, everything was decided within 3~4 hours, since the manager in the previous place requested +20% of rent increase. It was so fast. The very next day, the landlord couples and I met in the real estate agent’s office, to make a contract. Indeed they are so nice and kind. They asked me whether it’s really ok to make a contract without viewing the apartment. A couple of friends of mine were also impressed as I did without viewing it. But I had peace, feeling that the Lord prepared for the place as well as the good landlord for me. This new place was posted just one day before I got to know it’s time to move. The Lord already knew that the rent in the previous place would be increased and He also knew my heart desire that I would love to have more space, though I was thankful and satisfied with the one bedroom & one bathroom apartment. Now, at a lower rent, I got 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Then, a week before the moving date, I had vertigo and nausea, and I couldn’t hear at my right ear. The symptoms were exactly the same as those earlier this year, before the Lunar New Year holidays. I thought to myself, “Would it be from stress, before moving? Or would it be some kind of spiritual attack?” I didn’t want to over-spiritualize everything, yet I was reminded that the previous symptoms before the Lunar New Year holidays were spiritual ones. Then, I thought of Sister Margaret’s class on the book of Ephesians that I would attend later in that morning. As I missed the class the previous weeks, I wasn’t aware where I was in the class. And I thought, “If today’s class is on chapter 6, ‘putting on the whole armor of God,’ I would know it’s a spiritual attack.” Then, before the class, I texted my friend in Singapore, to ask her to pray for me, sharing my symptoms. I said to her, “It might be from stress before moving to a new place.” Interestingly enough, she said that she also had vertigo over the last couple of days, and it was gone. And she went on to say there are demonic spirits of Halloween released all over the earth, accompanied by the spirit of witchcraft and so on. And she wrote the Scripture, “Put on the whole armor of God.” I felt it interesting to read that Scripture in her text. Soon enough, when Sister Margaret’s class started, I was amazed to see it start exactly with Ephesians 6:10, “The Whole Armor of God.” Not only that, but Sister Margaret shared her recent testimony. A couple of days before the class, she seemed to be sick and later she realized it was demonic attack so that she rebuked it in Jesus’ name and was healed. So, I felt my symptoms would be also demonic attack, though there had been stress before moving. Just on the first day when I had vertigo, the first thought that came into mind was “How can I pack and move my stuffs on my own?” The fear gripped me, when I had vertigo. As the new place is very near and I move from furnished to furnished apartment, I didn’t hire a moving vendor, but decided to move luggages and carts back and forth on my own. And I realized that fear is not from God, but from devil. So, I kept believing that Christ is in me and I abide in Him. Nothing can separate me from the love of the Father and I will be healed. I also went to an ear doctor, to see whether my vertigo was related to otolithiasis, as a couple of friends of mine had it and I learned it can be cured by changing posture only. After a couple of tests, the doctor said the vertigo is not from otolithiasis, but he diagnosed me with Meniere’s disease and prescribed a lot of medicines. The disease was new to me and I searched some information on it. But, I didn’t go to pharmacy to get medicine. I still believed it was spiritual attack so that the medicine may cause side effects, bringing more fear and challenging my moving, but God would heal me without taking the medicine. I was reminded of the Scripture from Hebrew 11:11 that Pastor John Fenn mentioned, “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.” I also chose to judge our Father faithful, just like Sarah, and I had a peace, knowing I would be healed, though the vertigo and the loss of hearing (feeling blocked in my ear) were really hard to endure at some points. And I asked a few more people including my pastor in Singapore and his wife to pray for healing.
Later, on my moving date, I finally viewed the new place together with my landlord couples and the real estate agent. There were some hiccups. There was a leak in one of the toilets and my cleaning vendor didn’t show up, saying at the last minute that he had some unexpected issues. Despite all these, I was grateful, as the management team came to my place and fixed the leak quickly and I found them very kind and nice. And the new place was very clean, actually cleaner than my previous place :) so that I didn’t have to hire the cleaning vendor. Thanks to no-show, I was able to save quite amount of money and start to move one day earlier than planned, having enough time for moving, being less stressed out especially when I still had the vertigo and the loss of hearing. I was grateful to the Father for His kindness, as He knew I wanted to have more time for moving. In addition, I was able to buy some other stuffs that I really wanted to buy with the money I saved from no-show. And my landlord lady gave me a bundle of beautiful flowers. I never received such a nice gift as a welcome gift from any landlord before, nor did I give such a gift to my tenants in the past. It tells how beautiful her heart is. I was thankful to her and to the Father, as flowers always make me glad. Not only my landlord, but every person I met in the new place was so kind and helpful to me. I felt His favor chase after me, wherever I go and whomever I meet. And beforefore moving, I slept very lightly and only for a few hours, yet He strengthened me and gave me joy. I felt it supernatural for me to finish moving, though I was still dizzy and felt blocked in my ear. And my mom and I love this new place more than the previous place. Though there are some wear and tear in the bathrooms and on some of dining chairs, I would care less and I’m used to living in an old house. And I like the clean floor in every room, and try to make a room clean and tidy everyday, which I neglected in my previous place. And more importantly, I do feel peaceful in this new place. Even when I moved my luggages and so on to this new place during the moving, I felt lifted and peaceful. And I said to Him, “Father, this is Your new sanctuary. And Your angels are all around here.”
And after moving, I still had minor dizziness and still couldn’t hear at my right ear, but now I am completely healed. Praise the Lord! It was not an instant healing, but it took about 2 weeks. And it did require the whole armor of God. I praise our Father for His faithfulness. (And I’m not saying we shouldn’t listen to doctors. :))
Friend, I wanted to share what a good Father we have, and each one of us has stories on His goodness and faithfulness throughout our lives. When we hold on to it and remind ourselves how faithful He has been, we will never fear nor stumble. It's my prayer that you and I take some moments before Thanksgiving to think how good He is and to thank Him for everything He has done for us.
Have a bliss!
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