So Courtney and I talked a lot last night about where we go now. We had hoped that grandfathering the house as a duplex would help push things along for us, but now that that is an impossibility, we’re not quite sure what to do.
Well, we weren’t quite sure what to do, but I think I know.
See, the Lord often seems to work in a “step into the darkness” kind of pattern where the first steps are ours alone to take as a measure of faith. Much like allowing for the few moments it takes for our eyes to adjust to the darkness, we seem to need to step into that darkness before we can actually see.
So here’s our plan:
- Sod the front yard–We’ve been slowly finishing our front yard for three years now. We’re all done except for grass on one side. Everything is done. We had planned on doing seed over the course of the entire summer, but now, I think that we’ll sod it. It’ll be done in a day, and we’ll finally have that portion of the house ready to go.
- Paint–Our house is in sore need of a good painting. We’re going to go with a creamy yellow for the main color and light green and cream for the two trim colors. We were thinking about hiring someone to do this, but I think I’m going to have to do it myself to really get the value out of it. That’s fine.
It’s a step into the dark for us. Honestly, it’s the last thing we can think of to do as well. We just don’t know how else to move this all forward at this point, so we’ll keep doing those little things that will, hopefully, make it possible for the Lord to work miracles.
The thought came to me, and I think it was a question once asked by one of the Quorum of the Twelve, but just how far into the water did Moses have to step before the waves were parted? If we’re not even willing to get the soles of our feet wet, how can we ever expect the truly incredible miracles to take place?
Much as spiritual safety is a matter of placing yourself in the appropriate situations and places so too are the invitations to participate in miracles. If you would experience the Lord’s power, you must put yourself in a place where that power is active.