You Have a Plan

It was time for new glasses, so I made an appointment with the optometrist. As I sat watching people come and go, in walks a tall, beautiful young woman. I could hear her talking to the receptionist at the counter. She sounded German to me. The receptionist was very helpful, and this young woman so appreciated it. She said she was having trouble finding helpful people in this area. Having lived in Germany, I understood. I was sitting by the door, so as she walked out I introduced myself, and offered her any help she might need. I gave her my number, figuring she would probably never call it. She called me by the end of the day, and we soon found ourselves on an outing, walking around, enjoying the scenery, and getting acquainted.

Alexandra, or Alex as I have come to know her, and I have enjoyed trying new foods together at the County Fair, visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and going to the top of Mt. Diablo. We have had many long conversations and opportunities to talk about Jesus. When Alex first visited our church, she stated quite frankly, that she didn’t believe the Bible was true, and she had questions about many parts of it. Some of our deep discussions were had while making good old fashioned American apple pie together in our kitchen, or sharing a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Little by little, Alex came to understand what it is I believe in the Bible, even if she didn’t agree with me. God was the gentleman He always is, giving her time to absorb His Truths. Alex has since moved to southern California, and our conversations are through text and phone now. As a parting gift, I gave Alex a Bible. Which brings me to today. Seven months after we first met, Alex called to tell me the best news that I could ever hope to hear—two nights ago she wrote her name, date, and time in her Bible on the lines under where it says, “If you have believed in Christ now for the first time…” She has made her decision for Jesus! I couldn’t have been happier to hear this news. After she shared this with me, she told me she wanted to pray for me, and she blessed me so much with a wonderful prayer for my life, and my family. I was sitting in my car. When she finished, I looked up to see a beautiful rainbow! I had tears in my eyes at the wonder and goodness of our Lord. She said she did, too. I thought to myself, “You have a plan.”

Soon, my young German friend will have finished her one-year stay in America as an au pair. She arrived first in New York, and then relocated to a family here in Danville, CA. Her last day on the job will be on my birthday. She said she wanted to get me a special gift. I told her she just gave me the most special gift possible—to know that we will continue our friendship eternally in Heaven. The life of an au pair is challenging. They live full time with a family, care for their children, eat their food, drive their car, and try to blend into a life that is very foreign to them. Mostly, they are young women, just starting out in life, with much to learn. It is a very courageous adventure, one in which Alex will return home from as a very different person. She has experienced so much, and has met so many people in the last year—the most important being her Savior, Jesus Christ.

When Searching And Noticing the Divine, we can trust the plans our Father has for us. He will take us wherever and to whomever we need in order to notice Him. His ultimate goal is to bring us to a place in our hearts where we will choose Jesus, or not. Alex chose Jesus. I know Heaven is rejoicing, as am I!

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1 (NIV)