God Always Keeps a Place For You: They Lost Our Tent!

Our 8 suitcases bulged with the few things we owned, including eight teddy bears! Other than one box stored with my parents and the scarce money we had, it was all we owned in the world. But finally, we were ready to leave! Mission field here we come!

Nothing left to do but relax and await departure day. While also battling our own doubts, confusion, and fears. Along with the skepticism of friends and relatives convinced that we had lost our minds.

Especially after they learned we would live in a tent! “With no electricity, water, or bathroom?” they questioned. “Will you at least have beds? Have you completely lost your senses?”

Most of them already thought us crazy for homeschooling our children. That was a novel and crazy idea back in the early 1980s. And to them, our planned departure and tent living were further proof of our growing insanity! But the biggest concern was our lack of a support base.

Yet in the midst of it all our hearts were at rest. We knew the team was awaiting us, and we were so excited to leave! Which is why my dream just days before leaving seemed so strange.

No place for you

“We have no place for you,” they said. “You can’t stay.” “Perhaps we shouldn’t take off,” I told Hubby. “They said we couldn’t stay! There’s no place for us.”

“It was nothing but a dream, brought on by last-minute jitters,” he assured me. “All will be well!” But no matter how hard I tried to relax, the words “no place for you” echoed in my mind.

Even on the plane, my mind was a jumble of thoughts and emotions. “No place for you. The Lord will take care of us. We’ve lost our minds. All will be fine…” But most prominent was “No place for you… no place for you!”

All I could do at that point was trust it all to God. “Surely all was well,” I decided. “It was a crazy dream!”

Yet the thought lingered. For sometimes dreams do come true, even terrible ones. And that one did! Their first words were, “We’ve got something of a problem here. We’ve lost your tent, and there’s no place for you!”

But they had a plan and sent us off to visit Hubby’s father, while they searched for our missing tent. It had been 9 years since we’d seen Papà. And for our young children it was like meeting their grandfather for the first time! Our exciting adventure had begun!

Valuable lessons from a bad dream come true

That experience taught me some valuable lessons. First, that even during tough times we can find things to be grateful for. If nothing else, we’re still alive and breathing! And secondly, God’s faithfulness is always more than enough.

When we’re left with nothing – no job, security, home, and not even a tent – we can only lean on except God’s faithfulness. But we’ll find that it’s always more than enough. He never fails and his faithfulness is new every morning.

When left with nothing – no job, security, home, or even a tent – we have nothing left but God’s faithfulness to lean on. But we’ll find that it’s always more than enough!

God is always faithful

It’s a life-long lesson, learning that God is always faithful.

Our tent home

If we’d known of the difficulties and challenges awaiting us, we might never have taken that plane! But God in his wisdom only shows us one day at a time.

And I’m glad we came. I have learned that the Lord wants us to live each day in total reliance on his eternal faithfulness. Despite any difficulties we counter.

But instead we look around and worry. We look down and everything seems bleak. We start thinking that there will never be a place for us. We feel like orphans forgotten by our Father.

But the Lord is benevolent and his love will endure throughout eternity. He will always have a place for us – even if it’s just a tent!

For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever;
his faithfulness, through all generations.

Psalm 100:5 CSB

Father, we thank you that we’re not orphans, but the beloved children of a caring Father who is ever faithful, who never forgets, and is always present! We are indeed blessed!

Images: Mountain tent by 6091236 | Suitcase by MorningbirdPhoto | Our tent ©SignorMario.

33 thoughts on “God Always Keeps a Place For You: They Lost Our Tent!

  1. The faithfulness of God never ceases to amaze me. He persists in love and provision in spite of my lack of faith. He never gives up on me, even when I doubt Him. You’re right, my friend. it’s a life-long lesson. And we have all of eternity to perfect it.


    1. Our amazing God. We will never fully plummet his depth here on this earth. Trusting him and knowing him are indeed life-long lessons. But I wonder about your last phrase, Dayle. Will we need to perfect any of those things in heaven? Or will we fully know him, and therefore fully realize his faithfulness, his love, and everything that he is? Will we there be any need to trust him once we are in his presence? I can’t wait to find out!!

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      1. I’m no theologian–I have no idea. But I really think heaven will be a growing in closeness and love with Him as we’re in His presence. I’m looking at my own limitations now, my tendency to wander. But heaven will be perfect for we will be with Him forever. What an adventure. And we can sit and have coffee together!


        1. I’m no theologian either, Dayle. All I know is that I’m with you. I want to grow closer to him and know him fully. And I know for sure that it’s not possible down here. I get in the way too much. It will be wonder when we get home!!


  2. Your story brought to mind a quote by Wilfrid Heed: “God has been so lavish in his gifts that you can lose some priceless ones, the equivalent of whole kingdoms, and still be indecently rich.” You and your husband kept your focus on God during those uncertain times. Thank you for your example, Sheila, and the all-encompassing reminder: God is always faithful; God is always enough!


    1. I’d never heard of Wilfrid Heed, Nancy. But I’m going to have to look him up. He’s so right. In Christ we are indecently rich. God is always faithful, and more than enough!! Thanks for your encouragement, my friend!

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    1. I love that saying and would love to know who first said it. It’s so true because God is greater than our needs. I wish I could see and really realize just how great he is every day of my life. He is enough, and more than enough!


    1. Thanks Ellie! It is amazing. And the wonderful thing is that he never stops leading and guiding us. He always goes before us and marks the path. He is so good!!

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  3. Love, love where you said – “And second, when we find ourselves left with nothing, no job or security, and not even a home, we have nothing left but God’s faithfulness to lean on. And that is always more than enough. He never fails and his faithfulness is new every morning.

    It’s been a life-long lesson, this learning that God is always faithful.” Amen and Amen!! God bless and thank you!! 😀


    1. Thanks Redeemed, I’m so grateful that the Lord allowed me to go through that and other trying times. They helped me see how great his faithfulness really is!! Thanks for your encouragement!

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  4. Oh, yes… Our God is amazing! And He provides for us, one step at a time. I think we try to look too far ahead instead of remembering Christ’s words in Matthew 6:25-34. You speak from experience and your testimony and words carry great weight! Your authenticity and faith encourage and inspire me! I love this post! Thank you for sharing your amazing testimony of God’s daily provision and your heart of gratitude! ❤


    1. You hit the nail on the head Lynn. We often do try to look ahead. Even though we may never see tomorrow. God has been so gracious to me in allowing to go through experiences that would stretch and grow my faith. I’m eternally grateful, though at the time of those events, I’m sure I often complained! God is good!!

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    1. Thank you David, and I was so encouraged to meet you over at your blog too. I’m grateful for all the difficult experiences the Lord allowed in my life. For through them I have learned to know him more. And just hope that they can encourage at least one person. Nice to know you and your blog!

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    1. Thanks Tom. His provision and faithfulness are always so awesome. I guess that’s why it always amazes me that I’m still able to allow doubts to creep in!

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