For the last 5 months, I’ve been living in a very inexpensive (by American standards) but cute apartment 2 minutes from the YWAM base I serve at. However, it didn’t have A/C and as some of you know, Mazatlan gets ridiculously hot for 6 months of the year. I also couldn’t open the windows very often because there were no screens, so to avoid the mosquitos from coming in, I kept them shut. That, along with the heat and humidity caused there to be mildew, which was really gross and probably unhealthy.
A month or two ago, the 3rd floor apartment became available, and since it has A/C, window screens, along with an ocean view, I asked the landlord about it. He said it was 4000 pesos a month, which was a lot more than what I was paying for my apartment on the first floor. So I forgot about it.
Then about a week ago, my landlord showed up at the base and told me that I could have the 3rd floor apartment for the same price as my first floor apartment. I was super excited, and told him that yes, of course, I would take it… but I wanted to paint the place first, because the people who lived there before had painted it a bright green color that I didn’t like. He then said that they would paint it for me. A few days went by, and nothing happened, so when I asked my landlord about it, he said they didn’t have the money for the paint, so I would have to do that myself. I told him that I would see if I could get some paint, but since I couldn’t afford that, a couple more days went by.
Then on my birthday (Friday, November 30) the landlord showed up again at my base, and said, “We painted the apartment and it’s all ready for you, you can move in tomorrow.” I couldn’t believe it, but I was SO stoked and excited to move the following day. The landlord didn’t even know it was my birthday, so when I told him he said, “Consider it a gift for you.”
So I moved on Saturday, to my new place with air-conditioning, an awesome ocean view, and an ocean breeze that I can actually experience because there are screens on the windows. It’s also a lot nicer and cleaner than the first floor apartment, and all of this at the same exact rent! (Apartments here are amazingly cheap… one of the reasons I love living in Mexico.)
Once I was moved in, I prayed that God’s presence would be there, and that anything that wasn’t of God wouldn’t be in the apartment. I even symbolically sealed the apartment via the doors… Then a few minutes later, I heard some loud noises outside that sounded like guns or bombs going off. I looked out the window, and there just happened to be a fireworks display going on – an amazing show that filled the whole skyline. I went outside to check it out, and my friend Mayrel was there (she is temporarily staying at a studio apartment on the first floor with her mom who is visiting) and we watched the fireworks show together and took pics.
I said, “This is really special because this new place is a gift from God” and then I told her that I had just prayed over the apartment, and a few minutes later, the fireworks lit up the sky. It was just the icing on the cake, and it felt like God was confirming that this was indeed a birthday gift from above.
I wish I had a better photo, but here’s one from that night:
Thank you God, and AMEN!!!