A few years ago I had a good friend who was moving back to Germany. She had lived here many years, but was returning home. On our last visit before she moved, God asked me to do something. He asked me to give her a much-loved Cross bracelet that I wore daily. It was a bit hard to part with, but it was also a joy to share it with my friend. She received it gladly, and she also wore it daily. I don’t remember where I got it, but I always kept an eye out for one like it, hoping to replace it.
It’s interesting the way God works, as people come and go in our lives. The other day I was in the optometrist’s office and in walked a young gal from Germany. She was in need of some help from the woman at the front desk, and she was pleasantly surprised at the help she was given. She expressed to the woman how hard it is for her to find people to be so accommodating. Having lived in Germany, myself, for six years, I understood the position she was in. It is hard to know where to go for things, and to express the needs you might have, when the language is limited. As she was leaving the office, I told her that I would be happy to help her find her way around, or answer any questions she might have. I gave her my phone number, and it wasn’t too long before she sent me a text. She appreciated my reaching out to her. Since then, we have had quite a bit of contact and we have done some sightseeing together. She is an Au Pair here, and her stay will end soon, as she moves on down to the Los Angeles area with her host family.
These two friends, both from Germany, are connected in a sweet way. My new friend and I went to a retreat location up in the hills here for a view from the mountaintop and a short hike. We entered the gift shop first, and what should we see but a Cross bracelet much like the one I had given away. I was excited and wanted to purchase it, of course, but I had no money on me. I asked my new friend if she would loan me the money, which she quickly agreed to. We headed out to hike and enjoy the serene setting, as we talked about life and the things of God. Later, as I attempted to pay her back, she flatly refused. She wanted it to be a gift to me. How could I say no to that? It seemed so appropriate that the bracelet I had given away to my other German friend was being replaced by my new German friend.
Searching And Noticing the Divine comes in many shapes, sizes and nationalities. God knew when I gave the first bracelet away, how it would be replaced one day. After talking on our hike about many things, including God’s Word, my new friend said she would try reading it. She did, and was surprised to find out how much she loves it. She shared that news with her mom in Germany, and encouraged her to read the Bible, too. I love how God brings people together to form new friendships, and further His Kingdom here on earth.
Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters.
Galatians 6:10 (NLT)