I rent my home. It’s a duplex in the city of Cupertino. My side is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath and the other side is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath.
Earlier this week, I found out that my landlord is going to put the house on the market. If you’re at all familiar with the current housing market here, you know that the final sale price will likely go over the $1.4mil list price.
It probably goes without saying that we will not be purchasing the building.
Between the waves of panic, Alinn@ and I have talked about what we’re going to do after the house has been sold.
There is a strong possibility that whoever ends up purchasing the property will continue to rent it out. But it’s a possibility not a certainty. And that’s to say nothing of how much the rent will be under the new ownership.
Our home though isn’t just the building that shelters us from the elements. We’ve spent a good amount of time, energy, and resources toward getting to know our neighbors and the school community. Sitting out on our porch, having picnics on our front lawn, having a garden, owning chickens, carpools, playdates, walking around the neighborhood together on Halloween, barbeques, helping out with minor house repairs, asking for prayer requests, etc. were at least in part, us following through on the understanding that God has called us to live here. Even with the long term uncertainty that comes with renting, we’ve lived with the certainty that God put us here and wants us to love the people here.
For those who are Biblically inclined, for a number of reasons I identify strongly with the Exilic period and have been living out God’s word to the exiles in Jeremiah 29, particularly Jeremiah 29:4-7.
This conviction complicates matters.
If it were as simple as trying to find a building with a roof, we’d just try to find the best bang for our buck. If our rent goes up, which it likely will, we go out and find a place that gives us the space we need at the best price.
But with this conviction, I have to seriously consider staying even if it isn’t the best price out there. Clearly, I need to be open to the possibility that God could release us from this place, whatever that process might look like for us.
But if it came to it, assuming that we could make rent, is this conviction and the relationships we’ve made here worth an extra $100/month? $200? $500?