I ‘ve lived in my current home nearly two years. We purchased it not long after our move to Guntersville. I love the home and we have add several features to it to make it more “our home”. As many of you know one of the first things that you do when you want to make a home your own is paint. As soon as we moved in we did that very thing, but not to completion. We painted the bedrooms. The painting experience was bit frustrating. By frustrating I mean the existing colors were strong, bold colors that required several coats of new paint before they disappeared. So after we painted the bedrooms I conveniently found excuses to avoid painting the living area of the house. In the 18 months that we have lived in the house, Lindsey has suggested painting around 5 times and I have rebutted with several well-meaning and valid excuses. The first reason was the effort. We didn’t want to spend the time and effort to paint the living area. The second was we didn’t want to spend the money to paint the living area. And when we had the energy to paint we lacked the money and when we had the money we lacked the energy. Well, you know what happened… I was gone most of July and Lindsey’s mind became focused on painting. So within two days of my return to my home and own bed, we decided to paint, no matter the time or money! It was a seemingly huge step!
We took the morning to buy the paint, naps, and tape for painting and at 1 pm on Monday I took the kids on a swimming adventure and Lindsey commenced to painting. The day was fun! In a single period of time that lasted approximately 10 hours we painted the living area of our home. The paint covered quickly and efficiently and the total cost of the adventure was $130. Around 11:30 pm as I placed the television back on the wall I had an epiphany! The little project taught me a lesson. I have delayed many decisions in my life assuming that the work was too hard or that the cost was too high, thus I worked much harder avoiding or contemplating something than I would have if I had just done the work.
The next day in my personal time of Bible study, God spoke clarity into my metaphor. In Joshua 18:3, Joshua says to the people of Israel, “How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your Fathers, has given you?” The Scripture was from God for me in that moment. I immediately reflected, “What have I missed in delay? What have I deprived myself of in my avoidance of issues, people, and situations?” The lesson, however, didn’t stop there. I continued to read through chapter 18 to chapter 21. In those three chapters the people of Israel take Joshua’s advice and go take possession of God’s land. At the end of chapter 21 it says this, “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” God was teaching me another lesson about community. The simple truth is that my refusal to delay obedience is beneficial to others, maybe even others who are apprehensive or avoiding obedience and thus are forfeiting the good promises of God.