Many year’s ago there was a song titled “A Place for Us” by Kim Hill. It was written in the late 90’s. It speaks of a house filled with love and peace. My son and I celebrated our birthday’s yesterday. He stay at my house last night and this morning we were reflecting over our lives and the places we have lived. I have to say the Lord has been birthing the dream of a place of love and peace to be for people who needed a place of temporary housing. As I look back even as newlyweds. Paul Sr. my husband and I always seemed to shelter people who needed a temporary shelter to get to a new season of their life. I can look back and see with almost every house we have had there was always a season where we would give refuge to people who found themselves in a place where they needed a place of peace.
When I moved to Texas I guess it should have been no surprise when the Lord blessed me with a house that would be bigger than I needed for just myself. This house was in rough shape when I found it. Yet I saw something beyond it. I found myself dreaming again. Seeing something beyond the “great bones” this house had. There was a picture not only of where I found myself in this point in my life. It was broken and I was broken also. I had just lost my husband of twenty eight and a half years. I was just arriving in a new state and I was starting a whole new chapter in my life. We were both in a raw state.
As I walked into the house for the first time it was the morning of Dec 11th just a little less than two weeks before Christmas. When I first walked through the house I could see there was much to be done. The Lord kept nudging me that this house would be a picture of His redemption. I sang the “doxology” when I first stepped into the house. I gave this house back to Him because He had given it to me. I wanted this place to be used for his purposes. I took time while I had it to just walk through and get a feel for this place. I did not have much time because within an hour of my arrival the moving truck pulled up in the neighborhood to deliver all my furniture to the house. God had blessed me with a two car garage and a second smaller garage and car port. So I was able to put the bulk of my furniture in the big garage and the remaining household goods and the other smaller things in the other garage. This allowed me to get to the work at hand. There were water leaks in the house and I had to address those first before we could even think of putting in new flooring. So I had a plumber there to fix that. The crazy thing was that the source of the leak was from cutoff valves. They were very inexpensive parts to fix. Yet those leaks caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.
The house when I moved in had damage to all the flooring. This was caused by both the water and careless painters who did not know how to use drop clothes. On the first day while the movers were unloading the truck I was meeting with a sales men picking out flooring and setting dates for installation of the new flooring. My daughter, son and some friends came by to help see the house and help me get in the first day. I also had a friend come by and checkout the heaters to make sure everything was working before we turned on the gas fireplaces and heaters. We also had water collecting in the main living area so we had to pull up all the wet flooring and drywall. We just went for it. we cleared out all the wet flooring and drywall until we found dry floor and walls. By the late afternoon of the first day here the work had begun on the house and myself. There was a journey that was starting to find that place of love and peace.
In the book of Hebrews there is a scripture that says:
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
I have often quoted Hebrews 4:12 about the word of God dividing our soul and spirit. I am seeing it in a whole new light at this place in my journey. I am seeing it from the picture of the journey this house and I have made over the last year. You see in the beginning of 2012 the Lord told me that His word for me that year was “rest” in 2011 it was “new beginnings” the Lord has held true to both those words for those years. In 2011 I experienced more new beginnings than I would have thought possible. On the first day of the new year of 2012 the Lord drove home the word “rest” to me by delivering my new bed that New Years day. Over the next year the Lord has showed me what is takes to be diligent to enter his rest. This was a foreign concept for a “human doing” not a “human being”. So I had to learn something that did not come naturally to me. You can tell by my account of the first day I was a get her done kind of person. I did not sit around and just wait for things to happen. I was a mover and a shaker. I had new purpose and I was going for it. The Lord had a different picture in mind though. He allowed me my first few weeks in the house to make some big progress. By Christmas we had repainted all the ceilings and all the flooring except for my bathroom, the upstairs hallway and the front room was brand new. The furniture was in the living room and the Christmas tree was set up and we could have our first family christmas in our new place.
This was the drive in my heart to have this done. the greif from losing my husband was so great. I needed to have something “like” a normal Christmas. We did celebrate Christmas there. Yet with the turn of the New Year I would begin to learn the live the lesson about being diligent to enter into “His Rest”. I have often felt that at times the Lord will not bring us to a true place of understanding until we have gotten to the other side of the lesson He is teaching us. This was the case for this lesson also. I have spent the last year being diligent to enter is rest. There were three things that kept them from enter God’s Rest and promise for them. The first it was through disobedience. this is shown in this scripture. Which was the turning point of disobedience.
New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
They lost the chance to enter into the land of promise because they would not listen and they had the two other factors working in their hearts doubt and unbelief. They did not want to listen to Moses and they did not want to hear God. Moses even made the fatal mistake of not heeding the instructions of the Lord. It speaks in a commentary I read this was a way of saying to God what He was giving them was not enough. When we are disobedient we are saying that what Christ did for us was not enough. I don’t know about you but I do not want to communicate to God that what His Son gave for me was not enough. I spent the last year not only learning how to be diligent to enter into his rest but also how to find the place of peace that He has for us all. It is found in a word we often find hard to grasp. It is to “Trust” Him. That is all he has ever asked of us from the beginning. He just wants us to trust He knows what is best for us. To walk with Him trusting that the things he gives us, the words he speaks to us, and the actions he asks us to take are for the sake of our own good. If we could be diligent and trust Him we would not only find the “Rest and Peace” we are striving for we would enter into His promise of provision and care.
I have a place now where healing water flows, where love comes down and peace will flow, by a river of compassion the He is helping me to know and enter his rest and to provide a place of love and peace. My dream is to take this where ever God will allow it to go. to teach others to find the same place for them. to create more houses like this one to bring hope to those who find themselves in those broken places and need a season to rest, be loved and find peace. I continue to invite you to come along with me as I adventure on this journey with the God who makes all things possible. He is the God of the I AM POSSIBLE! He is the great I AM! In Him we find Peace and Rest!