He got out of the house for a bit to enjoy a cup of coffee while reading the latest news. He was just about to leave, as the noisiness of the restaurant proved to be too much for a relaxing afternoon. As he started to fold his newspaper, she walked in. Suddenly the noisy restaurant was no longer an annoyance. Although her beauty was obvious, there was something about her. He was drawn to her. He watched as she paid for a cup of coffee. He could not make out what she was saying to the woman behind the counter, but whatever she told her, he could hear the faint sound of the woman’s laughter.
He watched her as she scanned the busy restaurant with her eyes for a spot to sit. He continued to watch her as she found a spot toward the back of the restaurant in a far corner. He was impressed as she pulled out a book, rather than a phone. He tried to stop himself from staring, but realized that he feared taking his eyes off of her and possibly losing sight of her. He realized for the first time in his life, she was the one he wanted to watch for the rest of his life. He smiled as she laughed aloud while she read.
He was mesmerized by her. Although he appreciated her smile, he was drawn by how she bit down on her lower lip. He was startled by the sound of his ring tone. He silenced his phone. He glanced at the time. He realized that he had been watching her for over an hour. He had seen beautiful women before; however, he could not understand the hold this particular woman had on him. He never heard her voice. He did not even know her name. All he knew was that he wanted to know her.
He has never been one to approach a perfect stranger. His phone beeped. It was a text message from his best friend. He smiled. He knew that the message was a verse from the Bible. He was about to tuck his phone back into his pocket, when he felt compelled to read the message. It was 1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” He closed his eyes and prayed, “Lord, I do not know if this is a frivolous prayer, but I am praying that if this woman is someone I should meet, you will allow an opening for us to meet. Lord, I want to abide by Your will, so if this is aligned with Your will, please allow this woman to enter into my life. Amen.”
As he opened his eyes, he looked back at the table she was sitting at. To his dismay, she was no longer there. He could feel the utter disappointment. But he whispered to himself, “Not my will Lord, but Your will be done.” As he uttered those words, he started to get up from his chair with the intent to leave. As he pushed his chair out, he heard a loud crash. He turned and there she was on the floor.
As she was gathering the stuff that fell when she tripped over his chair, he kneeled down to help her. He picked up what looked like an old fashioned book. But to his surprise when he looked at the spine, it was a New King James version Bible. This was all he needed, as he knew his God was telling him, “Now it’s time to talk to her.” He put his hand out to help her to her feet.
The moment their hands touched, they both knew that this was the moment they had both been waiting for. The touch of their hands brought them both back to the times that they tried to do their lives without considering God. The touch reminded them of the times they felt the lowest, when they hit rock bottom. The touch brought them back the moment when they both dedicated their lives to their God. The God who was patient with them, when they were impatient. The God who never left, when they left. The God who accepted them as they were, in spite of their imperfection.
They knew this was different. It was different because it was of God. It was different because before they met, they both knew their happily ever after was not going to be by the hand of mere man, but in eternity with their heavenly Father.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.