Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hail Mary

I saw an ad from Tumbleweed (a designer/maker of Tiny Homes). It made me mad. I feel like our dream is dying and I am feeling mad that we ever even saw that dumb documentary. I cannot, with a clear conscience, go ahead with this plan and knowingly act in civil disobedience.

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

Not, "And He will make everything you've planned happen just as you want."

Being a Christian means that you acknowledge Him in ALL your ways. Doing what we wanted when push came to shove would prove what exactly? That we were hypocritical in our faith and only committed when it was easy. How does that glorify God? Which, by the way, is the purpose of our entire existence.

OBVIOUSLY God is not going to require us to disobey in order to walk down our path of being debt free and responsible.

We cannot just sneak onto our property and hope nobody says anything. The dream is over. With language like,
"[n]o . . . travel trailer, camper, or similar vehicle parked or stored in a residential zoning district shall be used as a sleeping quarters, be connected to utilities, or be used for human habitation in any manner.”

how could it be anything but over?

Unless, since we already have nothing to lose, we walk in there and ask for a special exception. If we give a timeline of when we will be up and running in traditional house and offer to get the signatures of our neighbors, would they by any chance say yes? It is a long shot, but like I said, we have nothing to lose.

It comes down to either altering the "where" part or altering the "how" part.

Ryan is adamant that he wants to stay in the fire department the he currently serves, which means we have two choices; live in city limits or live in the township that shares a fire department with us. That would mean getting an apartment for the next few years, editing the plan and the expected rate of savings.

Changing the where means we still are limited to the 20 mile radius around his regular employer's city limits, quitting the fire department and hoping he loves the new local fire department as much as he loves this one. We'd be able to camp up to so many consecutive nights in a row on our own property in two of the possible townships. One township says that we can live in temporary housing up to 18 months WITH a septic system and water system in place. The "but" comes in at the end of the 18 months that say the permanent house must be finished and the temporary house must be removed completely from the property since only one dwelling is allowed on a piece of property.

It's just crazy because our plan is logical, practical and responsible. The only crazy part is the whole bathroom part where we are planning to compost our waste. To someone that doesn't have a shred of hippy in them, I can see how that would completely freak them out.

So we have some time before we need to end the dream for sure. In the meantime I am going to pray, asking in faith, that God would let the officials have a soft heart, see our intent, and reward our attempt to live frugally and responsibly within the law.

Matthew 17:18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

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