Our focus over the last couple of weeks has been on working on what is to be our home. The building was a meat processing facility which we are re-purposing into a home. As you can imagine in its original form there was not much about the building that was like a house or home apart from the bare structure of walls and roof. We have been working both inside and outside the building. We need to have a supply of water and power, both of which we will source from our Father’s resources; in other words, we will have rainwater tanks and solar panels. A reminder to us that all we have comes from the hand of God.
As we have been working I have been very aware that we have so much more than those around us. What we started with in terms of a building is/was far superior than what our neighbours have. In terms of space, durability of the construction, ability to keep the rain out and to be cooler in the heat, we have started with more than most around us will ever know. And all this before we “improve” and modify! We will add to our home water collection that will allow us to have clean drinking water which is not only an improvement in taste but means that we can maintain better overall health. Our solar panels will allow us access to other aspects of life that our neighbours do not know.
It is humbling to realise again that I am no different from my neighbour in the eyes of my heavenly Father. I am no more loved or valued. I am no better or worse, but I have been given so much more and with that comes a responsibility before God. Some would have us believe we are blessed because we are doing the right things before God or because we are very much loved by God, but the bible tells us we are blessed to be a blessing to others… maybe blessing is in part a testing of us and of where our hearts are at? As we wrestle with different issues raised during this process of making a home we ask for your prayers that we would be actively seeking God, open to hearing from him and willing to follow his leading in any way he would choose to direct us with this project.