Sunday, July 22, 2012

Moving Not Right Along: Hitting a Snag

Voice of Doom on the other end of the phone.

It's our fabulous Realtor who is normally very upbeat, but with measured tones and revealing years of Catholic education she announces, "I'm about to fall from grace."

I can and cannot imagine what's coming next. "The deal has fallen through," she says.

Imagining that she's holding her breath, I quickly assure her everything is just fine and I'm fine. Really. I'm fine, as opposed to being F.I.N.E* about this turn of events. I'm even feeling somewhat relieved because the deal was starting to get way too complicated.

The sellers were in near-mortal combat with one another and we were on the verge of becoming collateral damage. First, they were unable to make necessary repairs. Then, the bank's appraisal came in $13k under the price, which submerged them underwater. We'd already gotten into the life boat and were now rowing away. Quickly.

Our Realtor cannot believe I'm not sobbing and/or screaming at her. I am doing neither. Instead, I'm telling her that I believe in a sovereign God and know I'm under the protection of angels. There's no grace to fall from, only grace to be recognized and embraced. "We dodged a bullet," I tell her.

Let's hear it for savoring the ripe and ready fruits of spiritual practice and abiding faith! But, I must confess a wee bit of triumphalism. I knew this deal would tank and got excited about hearing the magic words, "you were right."  Now that is F.I.N.E.

*FYI: F.I.N.E. = Fukt up, insecure, neurotic, and emotional.


  1. Glad you are upbeat about this! Also, did you do the "I told you so" dance - it feels so very good!

  2. Loved ones have pointed out that I'll probably want, "See? I was right!" engraved on my tombstone.

  3. Dan "the groom" WebsterJuly 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Hey, sometimes things work out for the best. Now we wait to see if the next one comes through across the street from the one that tanked. Meanwhile, our apartments have both been rented. So the clock is ticking louder. We shall see what awaits.

  4. HA! Our seller refused to do anything (like install a functioning septic system) and we bought it anyway. Now that's F.I.N.E. for ya.

  5. It was not beshert! That it fell through is a good, good thing.

    But still - oy. And the ticking clock...

  6. I'm back to haunt once again and I'm sorry about the house but what I hear loud and clear (technically I should say "loudly and clearly") is your seizing the opportunity to share your faith with your Realtor. What a grace you gave to her!

  7. Dear Abess, my apartment has been as well rented. Found out yesterday when I forgot to let my landlord know that I wanted another month or two.. "Sorry Sari, we've rented your apartment already". Me: " ..Of course you have.."

    I too am trusting in our God and know that this is leading me somewhere...

    My prayers are with you and Mr Groom. Perhaps we can rent a room from you..? :)

    Much love.


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