In the last week or so, I have been thinking about the “everything in between” part of our blog. I have wondered what types of content will be most compelling to our readers, especially in light of the fact that most come to read about home improvement and DIY.
This is what I have come up with: I have no idea!
What I do know, though, is that in the quietness of the simple tasks I can do unsupervised by Mr. Fixer, my mind starts to wander, and I am Spirit-filled with inspiration and little nuggets of wisdom from which someone else might benefit. So while I don’t have a specific topic for the “everything in between, ” perhaps that is the point — the “everything in between” will simply be my random musings as we go about our daily home adventures.
Working on a project like ours, for example, leaves ample room for thought and meditation. Last weekend as I was methodically tearing off trim and pulling out nails, I couldn’t help but feel that I was living smack dab in the middle of Jesus’ age old metaphor that following Him is like building a house on a strong foundation.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)
In many ways, I have never understood that metaphor more clearly until now (getting so up close and personal to a construction zone will do that to you, I suppose). Some people wonder why we didn’t just invest in new construction if we wanted to tear our house down to the studs, and my answer is this: one, that wouldn’t have been nearly as fun; and two, we wouldn’t have been able to buy a new house as cheaply as we found this one. Yes, it needs a lot of work, but the value of our fixer is in the foundation and the land. There might be leaks in the walls and rotting wood here and there, but the foundation is strong and the land is stable (and roomy enough for a chicken coop!). With those two critical things, we can practically create the house of our dreams!
And so it is true with following Jesus. I might be a little leaky or rotting in some areas of my life, but if Jesus is my foundation, I know that He can create something beautiful and even dream-worthy. Does that mean it is always easy? No, certainly not! He might have to tear into some walls or replace some plumbing, which never “feels good,” but it is certainly better than being overcome by mold, filth, and rat poop. And for that, I am grateful.
TGIF, friends. If you need something to do this weekend, you know where to find us! 😉
With many hugs,
P.S. If you have any suggestions for things you’d like to see on the “everything in between” column, please let me know! Otherwise, you’re stuck with my rambling thoughts!