Building a new

The Oakdale Rescue Mission purchased a beautiful older craftsman style home. This home is absolutely perfect except for the fact that it needs repairs from normal wear and tear. Slowly but surely over this last year, we’ve been tearing things down or refreshing it for many more years of use. Yesterday I took a long look at an awning that is attached to the house that’s around 60 ft long and 9 feet high. Caulking and paint cover a lot of things but could not hide the large amount of holes made from wood rot. This was a safety risk so I placed it on top of my priority list. Grabbing a hammer and pry bar, along with a ladder I started to work tearing it down. I knew that all of this couldn’t be done in the small amount of time that I had so I opted to do it in small increments. As I started pulling nails and ripping thing off, the full extent of the damage was made clear to me. What looked bad from the outside was even worse on the inside and came down way to easy. I ended up tearing down 16 ft in 30 minutes. I had expected at least an hour. This is the same with our walk with God. We don’t come to God because we are perfect, we come to God because some things that are in us are rotten and in desperate need of rebuilding. This may not happen all at once and may seem like you have an “Under construction sign” around your neck for years. God knows what He doing in the demolition and rehabbing business. Hang in there and know that all of this rebuilding is meant for something so beautiful that right now we cannot fully comprehend it. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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