And so our house saga continues…
Two weeks ago, while attending an open house for a missionary on home assignment, we met a retired pastor. Turns out we have a lot in common: He and I worked on staff at the same Bible college for a few months in the early 80s. (Our paths never crossed because we worked in different departments.) We also worked at the same Christian camp although his time there ended 20 years before we joined staff.
So, my husband sat next to this man at the open house, and they struck up a conversation. “How do you spend your time now that you’re retired?” my husband asked.
“I paint houses,” said the man.
My husband smiled. You see, the house into which we’re moving is lovely, but it needs a facelift, a freshening on walls, baseboards, and door frames—nothing that a coat of paint can’t fix. But neither Gene nor I get excited at the thought of painting a house. Nor do we have time to do it ourselves. Neither do we have the money to pay a professional. We’d asked the Lord to help us know what to do, and He answered.
Gene told this retired pastor about our situation. He told Gene his hourly rate, and then he said we could help him and thus cut back on his billable hours. The only question, then, was whether or not he’d be available on short notice. Everything depended on when we’d find renters for our townhouse and when they’d want to move in.
Last Wednesday, Gene phoned him immediately after learning that renters had signed the contract with our property manager. “Can you come on Monday?” Gene asked. “Sure, no problem. I’ll bring brushes, rollers, drop cloths—everything needed to get the job done.”
And so, today’s the day. We arrived at the house at 6:30 AM to find him already waiting in the driveway, supplies in hand. As I write this, he’s prepping the walls for me and Gene to follow behind with the rollers. Then come the baseboards. We’ll turn on the praise music and fill the house with song as we work.
Psalm 37:23 runs through my mind: “The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives.”
Every detail. Even house paint.
For what detail are you trusting the Lord today? Tell me, and I’ll pray for you.