So many blessings. So many answered prayers. So many wide open doors. We can’t begin to express our gratitude and joy at how all of this has unfolded. It’s like waking to a dream — a really doggone good dream. How did we get here?
We believe with all our hearts that God planted this tiny-living dream in our lives. At the outset, we thought, “How in the world are we going to do this?” We just knew we had to. We thought we’d have to push really hard to do it. But we were wrong.
Yes, the labor to make our tiny-home-on-wheels cozy and beautiful was ours, and it was a lot, at times. But the means, the money, the skills, the circumstances were all gifted to us by a loving Father that just won’t quit in His love and mercy and grace. There were so many things outside of our control that threatened to throw up solid walls in front of us, but they all dissipated as if they were nothing more than a thin fog.
We were made to do this! Danielle and I were being equipped for years — decades, even — to ready us for this awesome step. Danielle’s unique and thrifty way of seeing and styling spaces and my family-passed-down construction skills have been rung out into 230, or so, square feet, and its mind-boggling to see what we’ve done together. But, again, the credit is simply not ours.
All we did was walk in this direction. Seriously! All we did was say, “Ok. Let’s do it.” And it was done — completed before it even commenced, it feels like. Four months of a blur and a feeling of weight being lifted off of us is all we have between where we set out and where we are now. We’ve gained so much by choosing so little.
Thank you, God!
And just as perfectly as everything else has fallen into place, we chose the name Beulah for our RV. Beulah is Hebrew for marriage. This whole journey to seek minimalism has been our means to find maximum in hidden goods.
As Christ-followers, our reasoning and motivations for why we choose Christ are hidden to the world — they make no sense to logical minds. What we gain in pursuing Jesus cannot be bought. The gifts appropriated to us for choosing what seems like less to a society wrapped around consumption are gifts we can only receive after the choice is made, and these choices are moment-by-moment, day-by-day. We very much have to cling to hope to make them.
Beulah has been a lesson to us. Beulah is our prelude to the marriage — the marriage at the end of all this struggle with choice and seeing through obstacles and foregoing self and just praying when doing seems more sensible. Beulah is our reminder that giving up means gaining. We stand to gain an inexpressible amount of freedom and joy, so long as we continue to choose what looks like less.
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for my sake, you will find it.
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;”