Isn't it amazing how God works? The smallest details He has figured out long before we even realize what's going on. I thought of the title of this post before I even realized the irony of it. Definitely a God thing.
So we came home to find a colossal mess downstairs. I've been way overwhelmed, and wanting to sort through and purge a TON of stuff, but am so overwhelmed I had trouble getting started. Wow, God answers prayers in ways we would never have dreamed of. After the initial panic and feeling even more overwhelmed by all the work ahead of us, it has been amazing to see God's hand in the whole situation. He has provided all of our needs. (Not that it should be a surprise, but I think the ways have been a bit unexpected.)
Lets see: First, the insurance is not covering any of our expenses. Doesn't seem very positive, right? Well, we had been saving up and had put away some money to do a renovation to convert part of the garage into an office for David since he works from home. That money will cover what we need to fix this mess we have found. What a wonderful provision.
Another related provision is that we had to tear out all of the existing floors and walls down there. In so doing, we open up the entire space so that we can rearrance the layout into something that will work even better for us. The previous layout was very awkward but not something we had ever thought about being able to change. This way we retain the garage space but will be able to move the laundry area a bit to give us a tad more space and then we can expand the bathroom a bit to make it more convenient, and we can use part of the space to create an office for David inside the basement. This way we don't have this huge awkwardly laid out master bedroom and then outside in the far part of the garage an office space. We keep the 2 car garage and still get all the things we needed, and in a much better arrangement.
The expense: Well, I know I already mentioned that we had some savings for renovations, but this involves major demolition and reconstruction that was not in the plan. Like replacing the carpet that we put in last fall? We have a friend that we had lost touch with a year or more ago. David knew he knew some people in the restoration business, so he called him to get some references. Guess what that friend is doing now? He came out and used his fancy equipment to take measurements and tell us exactly what needed to go, and then loaned us the equipment to dry it out. He told us exactly how to do it, and how they clean it up. Wow. Talk about Providential Planning? Something that could have cost us $100's to $1000's of dollars we're getting at no cost except manual labor. I am still in total awe of this one.
The added plus in there? You know how I was so overwhelmed and thinking we needed to go through stuff and purge? I really don't have a lot of choice in the matter now. It's so amazing, I just can't comprehend the plan.
We still have a long way to go, and we're sleeping on a mattress on the floor of the Littles room, but we haven't lost anything of value, and God has shown us a bit of His plan for us and it's so much more than we expected. We are truly so amazingly blessed. Showers of blessings indeed.