Because God’s Not Gonna Call You on the Phone

Dwija Borobia, 30, her husband, and their four young children decided to buy a house – sight unseen – in rural Michigan off the internet. Here is a piece of that story.

Guest Post by Dwija Borobia

First, a digression. For years my husband and I, who had settled in California, tried to move back to Texas. I love you, Texas, my sweet Lone Star state, what with your awesome, chops-bustin’ people and your biggy biggness and your superfine economy.

You have my alma mater (and high school, too.Yes, east Dallas is how I roll) and the best Mexican food this side of Mexico (go to Danal’s, eat their salsa, and think of me).

You know how they say that in America you feel like you can do and be anything? Texas is like America times a thousand. If you are a fan of America, you won’t be able to not love the way Texas and Texans make you feel. End digression.

So we looked for jobs and we looked at real-estate and we asked our friends about neighborhoods and schools, and it just never came together. Now listen: God is not going to call you up or send you an email (’cause if he did, some people might get jealous and then he’d be all “Hold on nature and the universe, I’ll be right there…just gotta send out 7 bajillion emails real quick”).  If you are doing your best and trying your hardest and things are just. not. coming. together. Then stop. Stop.

That is God’s way of telling you that your plan is not His plan, and guess whose plan always wins?  Well, yes, usually mine, but the right answer here is: His.

So that’s where we found ourselves just a little over a year ago. Asking each other and God what we ought to do instead since Texas (my sweet) was just not working out and BLAM: Michigan.  Everywhere I turned: Michigan. Everything I read: Michigan. Every time I saw my family on facebook: Michigan. Okay fine, yeah, that is a big part of all this, the whole Huge-and-awesome-family thing, but the funny (not haha) part is that we never even took that into consideration until Michigan was already haunting us in our dreams.

For a while, I was like a kid who pretends she doesn’t understand the instructions because she doesn’t want to do the task (yeah, y’all know what I’m talkin’ about!).  “Too bad Michigan sucks” I even said one day and Tommy replied “Why?  Why does it suck?” And of course, I didn’t have an answer for him. Because Michigan doesn’t suck. I just didn’t know what  I was talking about. And the more I learned and did, the clearer our path became and the  faster the pieces fell into place. I grew to love this state’s 19 million acres of forests and over 3,000 miles of coastline, her abundant fresh water and dramatic seasons. And I can honestly say that from the day the word “Michigan” first crossed our lips to the day we closed on our actual house in actual Michigan that we bought off the internet for $27,000, approximately six months had passed.  Just six months. Yes, I am still recovering from the whiplash.

I like to call them “signs.” Tommy likes to say “providential.” Whatever you want to call them, we get them all the time, as if He knows that we still need some reassurance every now and then. Like when we found out that the person who owns all the land around our property goes to our church. And has a daughter in the same grade in the same school as our oldest daughter. Who is also in the same CCD class and on the same Odyssey of the Mind team. Beautiful, empty land all around us that happens to be owned by a person we would have certainly become friends with anyway.

These kinds of things have been happening almost constantly on this journey, letting us know that we are on the right path. A path we could never have imagined before, but one that feels so right now.


  • Dee

    Thanks for sharing your journey to Michigan. I guess we need to learn to listen better so that we go in the direction He wants us too. Enjoy our new home .God Bless you all.

  • Dwija {House Unseen}

    Thank you, Dee! So far, this adventure has been the most wonderful blessing for us, challenges included :)

  • Justin Kolodziej

    I don't know, it doesn't seem quite that simple to me. How do I know that Satan isn't trying to screw up God's plan, instead of God telling me my plan doesn't accord with His? for example, I planned to go to Mass before an interview I had, but the plane ride in the last night was canceled and I had to come in late that morning for the interviews, without Mass. Is it God trying to say the job is no good or Satan trying to make sure I mess up and don't get it?

  • Paula

    It's like you were saying "apples" (Texas) and God was saying "oranges" (Michigan). You sure have a pretty spot – I take it you're not in Detroit! Enjoy your new home!

  • Paula

    Great post – I went to her blog as well. It is wonderful! She is so funny and real. Thanks so much for a peek into her new life in Michigan!

  • Allison

    @Justin: My experience is the more I talk with Christ and try to see His presence in the details of my everyday life, the more I hear Him. I do believe evil is real, of course, but the more I understand Christ is here right now with all of us, the less I think or worry about Satan.

  • Dwija {House Unseen}

    @Paula- yes! That's exactly what it it's like. And although I was quite certain it was apples that we needed, the Lord's oranges have turned out to be oh-so-sweet :)And thank you so much for visiting my blog as well. So glad you could enjoy it!@Justin- I agree wholeheartedly with Allison on this. Always remember that being in God's love is our natural state, so if we are prayerfully listening with a soft heart, His voice will always be the loudest.

  • Anonymous

    I've found that "fighting" what's been put before us many times like signs as you say, is a direct call from God. In personal experience if I turn the other way or ignore them, I'm in some sort of turmoil. When I embrace them, it's harmony all around.I've learned that there are no mistakes. Just many journeys that lead us to where we are "called". People move in and out of our lives. They impact, touch us or teach us something we need. Many reasons are not known until later. Because I know you personally, I know that you and I were suppose to meet here in Temecula years ago. What ever that reason is, I feel blessed to know you. You're a witty, extreamly smart woman. One of your gifts is writing. Don't ever, ever stop. God's plan for you I'm sure is amazing where God takes you.Many Blessings!Suzanne

  • Julie Cragon

    Wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

  • Rosemary

    I tried with all my might to move to California. I spent two years flying back and forth… interviewing, contacting old friends, checking out places to live… and to no avail. I am happily in Chicago, IL, where things magically fell into place. I now have a job and a home I love, and couldn't imagine life any other way.

  • Dwija {House Unseen}

    That's great to hear, Rosemary. Thank you for sharing your story! I do know *exactly* how you feel ;)