“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 NIV
Twenty one years ago, Bob and I bought the property where we live. Until recently, we had never lived in the house, instead, we lived in the 370 square foot cottage behind the house. I know! Think about that – 370 SF! Tiny house living before it was a thing.
We, along with some very dedicated friends, gutted the house. We hired an architect, and had a contractor frame the new parts and close it in. Then, we did some plumbing and wiring, and it became a large storage unit. We referred to it as our dream and our nightmare. People would ask when we were going to finish it… someday. Frankly, I think we didn’t even know what the next step should be.
Then, COVID hit; we were stuck at home; and it was winter. We decided we would finish the house. I started looking for a contractor. Two contractors told me it would cost $250/square foot. I know how many square feet there are in the house, and that was not going to work. Bob started calling contractors. One was retiring; several didn’t call back. He called a contractor (John) from Battle Creek who actually answered the phone. Later, he told us he never answers his phone!
Well, the short version is that John told us that if we wanted to be our own general contractor, he would give us his list of sub contractors; work on the parts he wanted to do; and be available for questions as long as we didn’t drive him crazy. We will forever be grateful for his generosity, and for God’s divine intervention.
The project was not easy, but never insurmountable. We moved in May 20, 2022.
Everything in its’ own time…
Help us to be patient. Help us to trust that you will let us know when the time is right and will walk next to us during the journey. Help us to keep the faith. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.