We should not have rain water, or melting snow, as it were, seeping into our home, down built-in bookshelves, dripping off light fixtures or plopping into our closet.
But that's what we had.
And so we began to wonder what could be done, began to pray for provision, fully trusting God would provide.
A month later, we first heard about a trip to Germany to visit good friends who were working overseas. We felt in our hearts this was a trip we were supposed to be on.
But that roof.
And how could we dream of paying for such a journey when the roof over our heads was failing?
Yet we heard the advice, do not let finances keep you from doing what you know God has called you to do.
So we prayed, and we applied. And we told ourselves, if this was what He wanted, He would provide. And we waited.
We searched out financing options for our roof and began seeking contributions for our trip.
I sent out letters, I set up a GoFundMe account, and I waited. I did the math - if only 700 people gave $10, we would be funded. I laughed. I don't know 700 people. So, I adjusted the numbers. Only seven people would need to give $1000 each. I laughed even more.
I told myself in the back of my mind, if all else failed, yet we really felt as though we should go on this trip, we had our tax refund. We would set that aside, and if we needed it to finish funding this excursion, we would have it.
And then our plumbing backed up. There was water pouring into our garage from a bathroom upstairs. Then there was water pooling in our laundry room, seeping under the carpets of our den.
And it was fixed. Because we had money. Money set aside "just in case."
And, as we had water dripping overhead and water pooling underneath, I realized we were learning a lesson. A lesson in His faithfulness. And if I was going to insist we could do this ourselves, "just in case" He didn't come through, all our options for paying it out of our own pockets would be stripped.
So I let it go. I prayed, and I waited. But I knew, if nothing else, we would not be paying for this trip ourselves. Either He would do it, or we would not be going.
And we waited.
The GoFundMe account remained at $0. Our fundraising letters, with the exception of two responses, almost seemed to have entered the void.
After a month with little response, I began to feel defeated.
Perhaps we had been wrong. If we said we would go if He provided, and He's not providing, what does that say? I doubted, I wondered at what point we should pack it all in and say this was it. We'd made a mistake.
And then we received our second check for $1,000.
And I laughed. Not a laugh of mocking this time, but of disbelief. He would provide. In His time.
Over time, we have reached 3/4 of our necessary funds. I praise Him because He is Jehovah Jireh. Our provider. And I remain grateful for those who have followed His lead and given generously from their own pockets.
Yet, still, there is that roof. And the money we realized was not meant for our trip was set aside for that cause. Not nearly enough, but set aside as we looked into finance options for such a large undertaking of completely building up a roof that now is flat and needs to be pitched. And when we thought we had it taken care of, an option that maybe wouldn't need our precious savings, I began to assure myself - we only have 1/4 of the cost of the trip left to pay. Maybe we could still use this money for that.
Then we woke up to a bucket in our living room. A bucket that had been in our attic, catching the drip, drip, drip of leaking rain water. A bucket that had held all it could manage and when the drop came that broke the camel's back, it crashed through the ceiling of our living room, leaving a pool on the floor and a hole in the ceiling.
Two days after the bucket fell through, our financing for the roof did the same.
And the hole will be ok. Because we have money. Set aside, "just in case." Money that is clearly, clearly not meant for us to pay for our own journey overseas.
But I wondered, when will I learn?
If He has told me He will provide, if He has shown me He will provide, when will I stop trusting in myself and start trusting in Him?
Thus, I repent. I repent of my independent self-reliance and I trust.
I trust that Jehovah Jireh, the One who continues to hold this entire world, and all its possessions and wordly wealth in the palm of His very hands, can handle what we need. He can handle financing a trip He has ordained. And, more than that, He feeds the birds of the air and clothes the flowers of the fields.
How much more can He house these precious ones of His?
So, it's all there, in His hands. Every one of our needs. For Him to handle. For Him to lead us in His wisdom toward wherever we are to go.
And we're praying.
And we're waiting. Faithfully.