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God's Mid-Century Modern

Hello. It is Monday, March 7, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.

On Friday I wrote about a heart on the wall and about a prayer for a large house. I want to share that story with you because it is amazing.

By early summer 2010 three of our grandchildren were living with us. In the early summer of that year we began actively searching for a rental that would be big enough for all of us. We were living in a 3-bedroom 1 bath, 1,100 square foot home. Our youngest son and his two young daughters were living with us. It was very cramped with the addition of three more bodies.

It was decided that our son would rent our home and we would look for something bigger to raise the grandchildren, ages 7, 13 and 14. More than anything I wanted a space like they had never had before. I wanted a huge backyard with a large climbing tree. I wanted space to put a trampoline; just room for them to run and play. I asked God for 4 bedrooms so each child would have their own bedroom; something the girls had never had before. I even asked God “If it’s not too much trouble, I would love an office as well.” And so it was, even before the kids moved in with us, I had begun praying about a house.

We looked at numerous houses that summer. We even looked as far out as Cave Junction. Either they were dumps, or not affordable, one house we signed a rental agreement only to have the owner back out. It was very upsetting. I began to ask God, why? Why will you not answer my prayer? This is for a worthy cause. I want this for my grandchildren, not for me. My motives are not selfish. Why Father? I became very discouraged.

I eventually got to the spot where I basically gave up. I remember praying “Lord if you have something out there for us, you are going to need to drop it in my lap.” In late August or early September of 2010, I pulled a fax of the machine at work. I worked in radio at that time, and we had a buy, sell and trade program. As I was preparing the ads for that morning’s readings, I came across this one that stopped me in mid stride.

It read something like this “Large 4-bedroom 3-bathroom house for rent. $1,100 per month. Call for more details.”

You better believe I did not put the ad on the air that morning. Instead, I called the number after talking with my husband.

We looked at it that afternoon and I fell in love. It was a gorgeous home, on an elevated street above east Grants Pass. It overlooked the entire town with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. It was a mid-century modern with a flat roof. In true mid-century style it had tall ceilings with floor to ceiling windows on two walls in the living room as well as the dining room. It indeed had 4 bedrooms, but as the owner showed us around, he said “this room could be a 5th bedroom, but because it does not have a closet, we cannot list it as such. MY OFFICE! It was a cool room too. It looked out onto the back yard and the wall separating the office and the living was a glass window, floor to ceiling. The master bedroom had been converted from a 2-car garage and was very large with two large closets. The large L-shaped hallway was lined with closet-like doors with a massive amount of storage behind them. The laundry room was the biggest I had every seen. The additional 2 car garage was perfect for the ping pong table we bought for the kids as well as additional storage. In fact, that first Christmas I put up two large trees, just because I could 😊

In the back yard was one of the biggest climbing trees I had ever seen. It was a giant, old Cypress that the builder had planted in the 1950’s when he built the home. It was biggest yard I had ever seen. It was perfect in every way. The only thing I prayed for that I did not get, was a creek. But as it turns out we ended buying a very large, above ground pool and our landlords allowed us to put it up.

It was not completely fenced, but the landlord learned that Wendell was a fence builder and they offered to buy all the material if he would install it. And so, we had a beautiful, wood fence along one side. They asked that if they bought trees and shrubs would we be interested in planting them, and so we did. You could literally lose each other in this home it was so large. It had 6 doors that led outside and a large, covered cement patio off the living room. It truly was the nicest home I have ever lived in and all I can do, to this day, is praise God for such a gift.

You see that entire summer, almost 3 months of looking, the owners were renovating that house. It had gorgeous new tile floors in the kitchen, living room and dining room with a rug-type pattern in the dining room under the dining room table. I had always wanted Spanish-type tile floors and here they were. I had not prayed about the flooring but God gave it to me anyway. There was new paint and other things done to make the home fresh and bright.

It was not ready when we were looking. All the time I was praying for a house, God was saying “Hold on! I have the perfect house for you, but it is not quite ready. Be patient. You are going to love this house.” I had not need to stress about finding a home. I could have sat back that whole summer just waiting on God. Of course, God wants us to do our part, but I spent too much time worrying that summer. Too much time stressing out. Too much time trying to find the perfect place and not enough time trusting that God cared enough to provide it for me.

I cannot help but think of another house that is being made ready for me, and for you.

We read in John 14:2-3 “In My Father’s house are many mansions (or rooms, or dwellings) if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

And just like that house on Aurora, it will be so much better than we could hope and pray for. “…Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV

It’s okay to pray for things such as a bigger house, it is okay to desire a better life, but the most important thing through those prayers is to trust God through the process.

“But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:16 NKJV

We do not have to rush God. He already has it worked out. Our only job is to trust Him.

“Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength (or Rock of Ages).” Isaiah 26:4 NKJV

And Psalm 9:10, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” NKJV

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