Just Keep Building
Pretty much all our married life of 15 years, we have been in some kind of construction mode.
We bought a fixer-upper after our first year of marriage. We gutted it ourselves and worked inside and outside for 4 years.
Year six, we decided to buy an acre of land and build a custom home in IL. We had a one year old at that time and I was the General Contractor. From beginning of design to moving in was only 9 months! Mind you, it was unfinished when we moved in. What a adventure to have plywood floors and countertops with a toddler!
Year 12 of marriage, we made the big move to CA. We looked at houses to buy but nothing seemed right. Then God brought us to our property and it just melted our hearts. It felt like home. We’ve been on this journey since June of 2012 and 13 years married. The saying is true, ” A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor!”
So now when I see the framing, it really feels surreal. I have every inch of the house memorized on paper. But when I stood at my kitchen window today, I was so thankful and overwhelmed with gratitude and peace.
Picture the scene out of Mark chapter 4. The disciples are in a fishing boat, the sea is raging and Jesus is sleeping and the disciples have lost their minds.
Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Calms a Storm
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
I just love that Jesus was sleeping. (
Some kind of omnipotent fake sleeping I bet.) Without any fear or hesitation but out of love and concern, Jesus awoke and pronounced over the raging sea, “‘Peace be still.’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”
I don’t know what the sea ahead of me looks like, but I know The One who has navigated us through many waters. I pray you do too. Trust Him.