Some were too small. Some needed too much work. Some needed more outside space. Some needed more inside space. A couple had issues lurking that we don't want to mess with.
So we got it narrowed down to four. God narrowed it down to three when one house went pending with someone else.
We took my in-laws with us to walk through our top three a second time. Three turned to two when some potentially problematic siding and questionable-at-best floor boards under the house made us a little too nervous.
Two turned back into three when Jeff said our Realtor wanted to show us a new one that had just come on the market.
Three went to two when we took a second walk in one that we didn't know how to feel about the first time we walked through. We didn't feel much positive difference the second walk through.
So, here we sit with two good houses on our table. One, a really large ranch-style home with some awesome features and a ton of space. The other, a modest-sized two story with a little less space, but it has pretty much every feature we're looking for.
We think we know which one is "The One". We spent time talking and praying last night. The more we talked the more excited we became. I told him that I think I'm more nervous about making this decision than I was about marrying him. We've decided to take a couple more days and keep praying. We think we know what we want, but this marriage isn't just the two of us. It's taking more effort on our part than I think we thought it would, but this marriage has three parties - God, my husband and me. The way it has to be. The way it should be.
It's been interesting walking through people's houses and seeing the good, bad and ugly. Sometimes the good outweighs the bad. Often the ugly overshadows any good. As we've talked together and to others the rhetorical question often surfaces, "How much work do we want to do?" How much is worth the money? Do we spend more on a house that's basically done? Do we spend less on the house and pour money into making it ours and updating? I think we're still unpacking that a bit for ourselves.
But, it got me thinking about the theological truth behind those questions. You and I are filled with good, bad and downright ugly. The ugliness of sin encourages our bad, and we see that all too often in our lives. For Christians, the good is there too - that sanctifying work the Holy Spirit does in us because of the hard work of making us right with God that Jesus did on the cross.
I'm so thankful that when God looks at me and sees all the work to be done - the updates, the demolition and rebuilding, the making His own - He says I'm worth the cost. The cost to make me His was high. It cost His Son, Jesus, his life. How much work is God willing to do? As much as it takes. How much is worth the cost? Christ's life for mine. And He does the same for you.
"To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12