We bought our house 6 years ago as a fixer upper. This house needed so much work. It was livable but had a musty smell and needed quite a bit of updating. Wood paneling on the walls of our dining room, and original toilets, doors and cabinets. I hated this house. The kitchen was small, well let’s just say everything was / is small. It was only meant to be temporary. Just until my husband exited the Army and “Got a real job” and we moved out of Texas. Many times I complained, mumbled, cried and pounded my fists about this “thorn in my side”. We have spent so much money making this place something to call home. We have lived for long periods of time with no flooring, bare drywalls and non -useable bathrooms.
Now, six years later almost finished I can look back at how this experience has grown us as adults and as husband and wife and a family and how God has used this experience to humble me, teach me patience, and also bring me closer to Him. Through this six years we have gone through a deployment, acquired the best dog ever, lost my step father in a sudden accident, watched my son heal and blossom from a traumatic past incident, lost all 3 of our pastors in a sudden car accident, paid off almost all debt then re acquired it. We have spent just about our entire marriage in this house.
My husband has awesome foresight. He saw what this house was going to look like before he even started. Even though I couldn’t see it becoming much of anything, and certainly never anticipated growing any kind of attachment to this place; he did and diligently spent his nights and weekends paying attention to each detail as he created this beautiful masterpiece we call home.
There have been so many times that I’ve thought about what a mess I am and how God has spent so much time and detail remodeling me I believe that is how God sees us. He sees what we can become and patiently and diligently tweaks each detail in our life as we allow Him. This house, this experience will forever humble me and remind me of God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper and not to harm you”.
Can you think of a time in your life that has humbled you and reminded you that God is not finished with you yet and that He has great plans for your life?
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