We are under a major renovation at the Huber household this month. If you walked in our house at this moment you would think we were a perfect contender for Fixer Upper. Too bad Chip and Jo have said so-long to HGTV! Let me start off by saying this was not our decision to start this monstrosity of a project but more of a forceful shove by a faulty appliance. Our return air for our A/C unit was in a closet in our utility room. A pipe from the return air plugged off and in a short time it managed to do significant damage to our floors.
Let me continue to paint this picture for you. Our kitchen, utility room and master bath were all covered in tile. Did you read that, were is the operative word here. We discovered the leak was by noticing the wet carpet in our master bedroom. At this point four rooms in our house have been damaged by water, meaning floors must be replaced. We weren’t sure of how dramatic the damage would be but upon removing tile, the backer board, the linoleum flooring that was originally there, we discovered it went down to the sub-flooring!
Our house is in complete shambles now. I am so very grateful that I have a husband and father-in-law that can complete most of the work, and I know it will be beautiful when it is finished, but our home is a disaster right now. There is not a single room in my house that is in order or clean. It is chaos. Our bedroom furniture is now in storage and we have a three drawer, plastic tub in our bedroom holding things that usually fill a dresser with nine drawers! I felt like I was moving in to a tiny house and told, “You will only have three drawers for your belongings, good luck filling it up”.
This process has gotten me thinking, is this how God sees our lives when we are not relying on Him? Before we get saved our thoughts are over here, our hearts are over there; nothing is in its intended place. Even after we find Him we still slip up and our lives become a mess in this season or that.
I have to remind myself daily that even though it is a mess now, it will be worth it in the end when we have a remodeled space just as we desire. This is how I like to view my faith; we are in a struggle or chaos now, but I have God so the end result will be beautiful.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10
In the meantime, if any of you get bored and need something to do, the Huber’s have floors to fix and cabinets to paint!