My wife (Rachel, Aka Rach) and I recently purchased a vintage 1973 Airstream Trailer. This gem was found in the northern woods of Minnesota where it sat as a hunting cabin for the last 10 years. We found it on craigslist and couldn’t resist this restoration opportunity. Almost immediately after the purchase we began tearing apart this run down relic in hopes of restoring a dream. Quickly we found that we were in way over our head.
The first realization of being way more of a project then we had imagined was when we found rotten subfloors (this is one of the main structural pieces of an Airstream trailer.) Not only that but we found remnants of mice (which meant that the walls were probably infested and would need to be completely tore off). Rach was a little disgusted when she found a dead mouse in the toilet, but I assured her it was good luck because it was the only actual mouse we found…..lucky her.
This didn’t stop us. We continued tearing out carpet, cupboards, sink, fridge, and even entire bathroom. As the hours turned to days, and the days turned to weeks, we realized we needed HELP!
Our dream began to feel more like a nightmare, and our excitement began to feel more like discouragement.
But then something happened.
Friends and family came to the rescue! We had more help then we knew what to do with. Anticipation grew again. We had renewed vision. And we had a ton of fun in the process. It was so cool for me to be reminded of the importance of friends. Not just in vintage restoration projects, but in life. God said in the beginning “it is not good for man to be alone”, and yes this is probably referring more to a husband and wife, but it applies to all of us. God in the Old Testament worked through an entire people group (the Israelites), Jesus chose 12 disciples to do life with Him, the early church was dependent upon each other, and God has always existed in community as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We need others.
Our vintage trailer has reminded us of the ways of old. Reminded us of how we need others to encourage us, walk alongside us, and do life with. Not just for the occasional project, but in our life of pursuing God.
Hebrews 3:13 “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”