Here is something I wrote that speaks to how God helped me secure an apartment.
Just Watch God Work
The following is a testimony regarding just how God works.
After 36 years of marriage my wife asked for a divorce. This was after 3 years of being emotionally separated and me sleeping on the couch. During this 3 year period my wife was not being very nice and we did not have any conversations. So then when she asked for a divorce I was not sad, but relieved to get away from her negativity. I say all this to explain what was next.
So my wife was not working and am retired only receiving social security. Fortunately our house was paid for, so we did have that. Of course getting a divorce meant we had to sell our house and split all of our assets. So my next step was to put the house on the market and secure an apartment. As it turns out, selling the house was no problem due the market, but getting an apartment was another story.
The last time I had an apartment was around 1985, so that was kind of my reference point. At that time the qualification to secure an apartment was first and last month’s rent and security deposit. So I found a great apartment complex in Trinity that had all the things I was looking for. When I went for a tour everything was going great until we got to the qualification requirements. I had to have either an income of 3 times the monthly rent or 3 times the yearly rent in my savings account. Neither of which I had.
I told the person I was working with that I would be selling a house and would have plenty of money. So he said he would ask his supervisor to give me a call and see if there was a way for me to qualify. Well the supervisor called me and said that I would qualify after my house was sold and I would just need the bill of sale. This was not the best case for me as I would have to sell the house before securing an apartment which would mean staying in a hotel for a while and putting my stuff in storage. However, at least I would qualify for the apartment that I wanted.
When selling our house I found out that the new owner would not be moving in right away. So I asked him if I could rent the house until the end of the month after the closing and he agreed. This gave me 11 days after to closing to leave the house, meaning I would not need to stay in a hotel or put my stuff in storage. This is when I first notice that God was working with me! So the day before the house closing I called the apartment complex to tell them I would have the bill of sale tomorrow. The guy I was working with was not there, but his manager said that he could help me.
I told the manager that I would have the bill of sale from selling my house tomorrow and would be applying for an apartment there. The manager said, that I had been misinformed and they would not accept the bill of sale from the sale of a home as qualification to get an apartment there. He said he just told his staff not to tell people that, as it was incorrect. So now I am somewhat panicked as I have no idea where I will be going after selling the house. Fortunately I was only panicked for a short time. I then just prayed and told God, “I have done all I can and you will have to assist me”.
So God then spoke to me (in my spirit) and said “Why not look for an apartment in New Tampa where you use to live. You know the area is nice and you are very familiar with it”. I don’t know why I never thought of that area, as it made perfect sense. I now felt that God was leading me. So I looked on Google Maps and found an apartment complex in New Tampa called The Oasis. It was located only 2 miles from where I use to live. It was being built when I left New Tampa 4 years ago, so it was basically a brand new apartment complex.
So now came the big questions. First of all, do they accept a bill of sale from selling a house as qualification? Second, do they have any apartments available that met my criteria? So I called and the first thing I asked was do they accept a bill of sale as qualification for getting an apartment there. The woman I spoke with said yes. I then asked her to please check with her manager as I had been misled before. She did and said yes again. So the next question was do you have any available apartments with my criteria? She said not today, but would have one available on the 29th. As I would be staying in my old house until the 31st, that date would work for me.
So on October 29th I moved into my new apartment. You may be thinking what is so miraculous about that? Well let me explain. God worked it out much better than what I had planned and here are the reasons why.
- The 3rd floor apartment I wanted had no elevator, but the 4th floor apartment God provided me does. I found I really needed an elevator.
- The apartment I wanted had no garages available, but the one God provided does.
- The apartment I wanted had a small balcony (possibly if available), but the one God provided has a very large balcony.
- The apartment I wanted had no stores close by, but the one God provided has almost any store you want close by.
Not only the 4 things I mentioned above, but the apartment God provided is on the corner of the building, so I only have one neighboring apartment.
So here is the thing, not only did God provide me access to the apartment complex, but the apartment and garage I got are exactly what I was looking for! No my mistake, not exactly but much more than I was looking for! I was looking for a good apartment, but God provided a fantastic apartment! The ONLY explanation for me getting this apartment and just when I needed it, is God!
I will say though that God made me both work for it and trust him along the way.
I also want to thank all those who were praying for me.