Archive for September 22nd, 2007

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For the past month or so, my husband Mike and our son Jeremy have been laboring to build a pond and waterfall in our backyard. Mike had been wanting to do this now for a few years, but circumstances just didn’t seem to work out until now. He had tried to find a contractor willing to bid out the job, but nobody seemed interested in tackling an undertaking this small. Finally, Mike and Jeremy decided that they would just do it themselves. Mike paid a visit to a pond and waterfall operation in Escalon, CA where he picked up the pond kit and other necessary items he would need. He also bought a DVD that showed step-by-step instructions on building your own pond. He was ready to roll.

He and Jeremy began by digging the hole and adding topsoil to build up the area behind our three redwoods from where the waterfalls would originate. Mike visited a Rock Source in Vacaville and found a 500-pound rock that he thought would be just perfect for the waterfall. It was delivered to our driveway about 3 weeks ago, and there it sat, too heavy to move any further. Mike enlisted the assistance of Jeremy, his friend Mike, and Bro. Louie (The Bear), to help with moving the rock into the backyard where the pond would be located. Today was D-day. I had been fretting and worrying in my mind about this rock move. I had visions of someone hurting their back or getting a hernia from trying to hoist this heavy stone. Needless to say, I had also been praying and asking God to let this operation run smoothly today. Mike has a lower back problem that flares up from time to time. Bro. Louie had abdominal surgery back in April, and I was “worried”!

The guys started the work at 10:00 am, and while chiseling a small piece of outcropping on the rock before they moved it, the rock split in half horizontally! It was a clean split, and because of this happening, they were able to move the top and bottom halves separately. This made the job a lot easier, because now they were only hauling 250 pounds instead of 500. Plus it lifted a big load of worry off my mind! Everything went smoothly and worked out great. Mike and Jeremy mortared the two sections of rock together onto the shelf they had created for it. Later Mike and I were talking, and we both agreed that God orchestrated this whole event. Mike told me that they probably would have had a much harder time moving that rock as one piece. I believe God caused that rock to split and worked everything out. He answered my prayers, and I am so excited about the outcome. It never ceases to amaze me the way God arranges things in our lives. I can look back on my life and see so many situations that seemed impossible until God stepped in and turned things around. Once again, today I was reminded of what an awesome God I serve.

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