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"…that they should seek God…" Acts 17:26-27

If these trailer walls could talk

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I sit on a stack of flattened boxes. They aren’t needed–all the packing is done.

The trucks and trailer just pulled out of the sandy yard on Athena Road with all our material possessions. 

And I sit. 

I’m waiting on Adah to wake up so I can head to Rock Hill, too, but I’m secretly thankful for this time. It’s quiet and empty in here and I can finally let all the emotions flood in and the tears flood out.

I didn’t realize there would be so many tears, but now that they started, they don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.

So I sit and think and cry and reflect. Thinking about all that these walls have seen while The Hinson Family has occupied this trailer.

I’m thinking that if these walls could talk, they would tell of the fear and worry I had when we first moved in that caused me to sleep in the living room for the first week–with one eye open.

If these walls could talk, they would tell of last night how I slept comfortably and soundly in my bed because I have learned what it feels like to rest in the peace Jesus gives.


If these walls could talk, they would tell of the first conversations with Carmen and the struggles we had just trying to communicate simple phrases with each other.

If these walls could talk, they would tell of the times this week that we sat with Carmen and laughed and hugged and chatted about how much we will miss each other.


If these walls could talk, they would tell of the scary times that brought us to our knees and the hard times when we wondered what in the world God was doing with us here.

If these walls could talk, they would tell of those same times when He picked us up from our brokenness and wiped our tears, bandaged our wounds, and told us to keep running the race.


If these walls could talk, they would tell of long, difficult conversations with neighbors about strongholds and addictions and battles with Satan.

If these walls could talk, they would tell of those conversations that resulted in broken chains and freedom in Christ and lives given to a sovereign God.


If these walls could talk, they would tell of the tears we cried for our neighbor’s sins that so easily entangled and the cycles that some seem to be so blindly wrapped up in.

If these walls could talk, they would tell of the tears we cried for the ones who grabbed hold of God and followed Him, despite the unknowns and the hardships still in their way. 


If these walls could talk, they would tell of the joy and love we shared around the table with neighbors and church friends and how God knitted our hearts with so many friends we treasure.

If these walls could talk, they would tell how this family is going to miss this trailer.


We will miss the knocks at the door at midnight and 3am. 

We will miss the trips to the store and struggling through language barriers over a cup of coffee.

We will miss the hours of homework helpers and the million hot dogs at every event and the sandy kiddos begging for snacks and drinks.

We are so indescribably thankful to God for this journey He took us on here in Countryside. We have learned what it really means to trust Him, what it really means to lean on Him, and what it really means to serve Him. 

While we will miss our neighbors dearly, this is not a final good-bye, but a see ya later. We can’t stay away too long–we might need a hot dog and a Spanish lesson.

Thankful and tearful,


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4 thoughts on “If these trailer walls could talk

  1. Many blessings to your family as you move into this new season!

  2. Welcome to Rock Hill. Would be great to have your family visit us at first Baptist. If you need any other information just let me know.

    Debbie Troutman Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Si esas paredes pudieran hablar … dirian del amor de Dios que mana de ustedes hacia todo aquel que lo necesita. De ese amor lindo e incondicional que fluyo para cambiar vidas de eso estoy completamente seguro.
    Si estas paredes pudieran hablar… gritarian un ” No te vayas” que duele verte partir; no te vayas porque haces falta. No te vayas porque duele.
    Si esas paredes pudieran hablar… dirian Buena suerte y que Dios los cuide siempre y gracias porque personas como ustedes las necesita el mundo….

  4. Prayers for your family as you begin a new adventure in Gods plan. May you be as great a blessing to the people of Rock Hill as you have been to the people of Lancaster, not just the neighbors of Country side but all of the people who’s lives you guys have impacted….including my family….which has been changed forever. Thank you !! And Grant….you will still be welcomed to come down and watch the Tigers beat the tar heels…lol

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