Today is Friday, November 21st. This afternoon we will park our cars in Big Blue's sloped driveway, climb up the front steps, put the key in the front door and walk in (paint can in hand) as the happy homeowners. We are giddy with excitement and anticipation of building a life in this home, watching our children grow, developing relationships with the neighbors, and creating memories with family and friends.
Last January I sent an introductory email to our realtor in Portland and never dreamed that God would take us on an 11 month journey that started with searching for a home and ended with some deep searching (and purging) of the soul. I also never dreamed that when God finished refining me, at least for this season, that the blessing would be so great. It's overwhelming, humbling and exciting all wrapped up in one very large package.
On Sunday our pastor walked us through some Old Testament passages about the Hebrews exodus from Egypt. We looked at how the second commandment is "you shall have no other gods before me" and how that translates to God can not be contained by an image. He is mysterious and awe-inspiring and can't be shrunk down to a 5 year plan, a T-chart, or the size of our god-sized box, and He designed it this way because He is not a God that can be manipulated. We defined an idol as anything that takes the place of God in my life and looked at how good things, even gifts from God, can become idols if we aren't careful. God allowed His penniless Hebrew slaves to plunder their owners and then within months, they used this gift from God to make an image of God to worship.
It was a wake up call for Curt and I. We know our new home is NOTHING but an extension of God's graciousness and generosity to us and that we do not deserve such an amazing gift. We don't want to screw this up or turn this home into a substitute for God. We want it to be a beacon of light, of hope and of safety for our children, our family, our neighbors and our friends.
I'm supposed to be packing right now, but instead I read the Psalm of the day. David is praising God for victory in battle and as he writes, is referring to himself as "the king." I replaced "the king" in a few verses to praise God for His victory in our lives.
Psalm 21:1-2, 6-7 "O LORD, the Stilp's rejoice in Your strength, how great is their joy in the victories You give! You have granted them the desire of their hearts and have not withheld the request of their lips. Surely You have granted them eternal blessings and made them glad with the joy of Your presence. For the Stilp's trust in the LORD; through the unfailing love of the Most High they will not be shaken."
Thank You God for being our permanence and stability, through good and bad times. May we never be shaken! We're really doing it!!!!!!!!