In the recent year, my parents began the process of downsizing with the goal of entering the next season of their lives unencumbered and free to work if they want to, travel when they wish to, rest when they feel like it and reflect on a life well-lived. This is no small transition. This is BIG STUFF. It takes time, thought and prayer to make the changes.
After several months of discussion, we invited them to consider living in the lower level of our house. It is a large empty day-light basement which we are not using. So we began drawing blueprints and designing the space to meet township regulations for it to officially become in-law quarters. I enjoyed this dreaming phase as we planned the timeline for construction and installation of everything needed to make it a lovely apartment.
|A blank canvas to work with.|
|Nothing but a gas fireplace to work with.|
|A pit was dug for a grinder pump. Bye bye flower bed.|
|Trenching for sewer hook up went right through the driveway.|
|The driveway disappeared.|
|Stones were delivered. That took care of the mud after all the rain.|
I had become comfortable with renovation. I could predict what happens at each phase of construction. I knew what workers to call for each task. I knew how to execute my design. And I've never before had to use big machines or destroy the whole property like this!
God spoke to my spirit that BIG STUFF is what he has for my life. I've become comfortable with what I can do. I can find my way through situations and execute my plans. But God has bigger plans. He wants to take me places I've never been before. He wants me to learn a deeper dependency and trust on Him.
So right now I'm declaring that I will open myself to dream BIG STUFF and watch for him to execute it. I will trust Him with the BIG STUFF.
How about you?
Have any BIG dreams?
Life with God is BIG STUFF!