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Plugging Into the Power

Hello. It is Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Did I ever tell you the story of needing to get power to our new property?

It was late March/early April 2019 and Wendell and I had been looking for property to move a new triple wide on to.

It’s a very long story so I will fast forward to the part where we found 11 acres off Stringer Gap. It was my dream property in every way. I actually got choked up and teary as we walked up the long, steep driveway to the level pad. Gorgeous views to the west; gorgeous views to the east. Trees and trails and just waiting for someone to make their own footprint. I could clearly see my family there.

We made an offer, she refused. We made a second offer, she accepted. We got busy.

We began the process of gathering info and bids.

It needed a new well. $10,000.

It needed electricity brought several hundred feet to the top of the property. $50,000 to $80,000 was the rough estimate.

Septic tank installed, gravel the ¼ mile long driveway, prepare the pad. The money was adding up faster than I could write it down. I was beginning to sweat.

We had been to Phoenix multiple times to look at the triple wide we planned on purchasing. We headed over one more time to put money down on the manufactured home so the building could begin. That is when I was told in addition to everything, there was a delivery fee of $30,000.

My heart began sinking. I knew there was not enough money for a new well and septic and electricity not to mention the cost of having our manufactured home delivered, which did not include set-up, so there would be even more cost.

The very next day the realtor texted me and asked if I could stop by his office after work. I won’t go into any detail other than to say the owner of the property had backed out and there was nothing that could be done.

As I sat at his conference table listening to this bad news, my heart began to smile. God had already worked it out. When he was all done speaking, I said something like, “well, everything works out for a reason.”

He was a bit dumbfounded.

He told me, “I’ll be honest, I was expecting a lot of strong emotion. I even have a box of tissue in the next room ready for you.”

I told him “it’s all good”.

Wendell and I began looking again. One day he said to me “What about that property out past Wildlife Images?” I answered, “it’s too far from town.” He said, “let’s just look at it.”

We drove out and as soon as I stepped out of my car, I knew. I knew this was it. It looked and smelled and felt like home.

We made an offer that night.

It had a gravel driveway that led to an existing, nicely fenced, studio apartment/shop. It had a small storage shed. It had a large septic tank, a 12 ½ gallon a minute well of the best water, and, it had electricity! In fact, there was one of those green metal transformer boxes inside the fenced area.

We switched up our plans and decided to have a home built with Adair, rather than buy a manufactured home. When you build with Adair, you do a lot of the work yourself and are very much involved through the whole process, saving you money with the builder. We discovered that a triple wide manufactured home, delivered, verses a stick-built 3-bedroom house with a 2-car garage, was going to cost about the same.

We had to fall the trees, clear, and prepare the house pad. Dig any trenches for connecting to the existing power, sewer, and well. We had to clean up the build site every evening.

The first tree was fell in September 2019; building began in November and building was complete in March of 2020.

Toward the end of the build we were told we that we needed to get a 4’ deep trench built to connect our home to the power box. I was nervous. I knew how much it was going to cost to connect the hilltop home. I knew it probably would not be that much, but I expected a very large bill.

After the trench was dug, I called the power company to make the arrangements for them to inspect our trench and connect the power cables to the green metal box and our home.

During this process I learned that Pacific Power gave a $1,500 credit to new home builders. That was good news. I got the bill a short time later.

Remember the green metal box on the property? Well, that is the box we needed to connect to. Because it was so close to the new build, the charge was only $700 or so. And because we had a $1,500 credit, it ended up costing us nothing to connect power to our new home.

We went from an $80,000 possibility at one piece of property for power, to $zero on the other. I just stood in amazement. It still makes me smile thinking about it.

I think it is a good reminder for us to plug into the power that costs nothing. Oh, it cost plenty! Heaven paid a high price, but our charge is zero.

I knew driving in this morning that I would talk about this. This power that is offered to us from our Savior. A power that is seldom taken advantage of by the world.

Soon after arriving at work, I saw a text from my Pastor friend Bob. He sends encouraging writings every day. As I read the one for today, I couldn’t help but smile and thank God. As I got close to the end, it speaks of the power of our Savior. Here it is.

“The two restored demoniacs were the first missionaries whom Christ sent to teach the gospel in the region of Decapolis. For a short time only, these men had listened to His words. Not one sermon from His lips had ever fallen upon their ears. They could not instruct the people as the disciples who had been daily with Christ were able to do. But they could tell what they knew; what they themselves had seen, and heard, and felt of the Saviour's power. This is what everyone can do whose heart has been touched by the grace of God. This is the witness for which our Lord calls, and for want of which the world is perishing.” The Ministry of Healing

But there is more to this story.

Each morning my friend Alta sends me beautiful photos and inspirational writings and Bible verses. She has done so every morning since Wendell passed away in early January 2021. This morning, I just smiled. There in the very first sentence was the word “power”.

I call these sorts of things a “God nod”. Those times when someone says something, or does something, or sends something, that tells you, you are on the right track.

Here is what Alta sent.

"The firmer hold we have on heaven, the greater will be our power of usefulness. We should study the Pattern, that the spirit which dwelt in Christ may dwell in us. The Saviour was not found among the exalted and honorable of the world. He did not spend His time among those who were seeking their ease and pleasure. He worked to help those who needed help, to save the lost and perishing, to lift up the bowed down, to break the yoke of oppression from those in bondage, to heal the afflicted, and to speak words of sympathy and consolation to the distressed and sorrowing.... The more we partake of the spirit of Christ, the more we shall seek to do for our fellow men. We shall bless the needy and comfort the distressed." Our Father Cares, 188

God is the power we need. We can try plugging into the world’s power, but that is going to end up costing us time, energy, money, perhaps even our very lives. The power we need, is free. This power comes from the throne of God and is given freely to all who ask for it.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11 NKJV

“The firmer hold we have on heaven, the greater will be our power…”

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