Abundant apologies for the gap in “Heartlink” blog issues. We have been involved in some ministry and personal projects that had to top our priority list. But, in the midst of all that is going on around us, I wanted to be sure to post Part 2 before the end of the year. This seems to be the day to do it.
As the story continues, we will reveal the phrase that rested in my thoughts for so many years – “God gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.”
A few days after my almost one-sided chat with the Lord about the “Prince Charming” I would like to find, my mother and one of Bill’s uncles had a conversation about us. The uncle had seen me and my daughter in church one Sunday and wondered if we had moved back to Florida or if we were only visiting. At the conclusion of their chat, my mother gave the uncle my telephone number with the suggestion that perhaps Bill might like to re-connect with me after an 18-year gap. We knew each other since childhood…lived in the same neighborhood…attended the same church and schools through high school. We had been great friends, but, we each went in different directions after graduation.
Bill Irwin? Really? He had been a little spoiled as a child and I wondered what he would be like as an adult. I wasn’t overjoyed that Mother had suggested that Bill call, but, I was trying to re-connect with as many friends as possible…trying to get settled and start feeling “at home” again. A few days later the phone rang (before caller I.D.) and I answered to hear a pleasant greeting saying “this is a voice from your past”… Bill Irwin! Bingo!
We set a date to meet. The last time I had seen Bill we stood toe-to-toe and nose-to-nose. Therefore, I imagined he would still be the same. The “wonder drama” started to build. How would we get conversation started? What would we have in common after so many years? My life had been so completely different from his. Then the “why in the world did I ever agree to meet” thing started! I had heard that Bill had chosen to walk away from his spiritual upbringing – and – I had just made an enormous leap into the loving arms of Jesus! How in the world could this possibly be an enjoyable meeting for either one of us? OK … I just prayed and imagined that we would spend a little bit of time together catching up and that would be the end of it.
The meeting day had arrived. Admittedly I was a little anxious, but, kept telling myself we were friends once and we could be friends now. I heard a car pull into the gravel driveway in front of my second floor apartment. I just had to peek – I barely pulled the curtain apart to watch a tall, slender man get out of his van. Surely that can’t be him! I decided it wasn’t until I heard footsteps on the stairs and the door bell rang. I’m sure I stopped breathing – at least a little – as I opened the door. Oh, my goodness! I was speechless. There before me stood the “Prince Charming” (at least visually) I had hoped to find – that I had presented to the Lord!
We were married in October 1978 and started our Mr. & Mrs. life together. The first ten years were rocky, but, the Lord kept showing us that He was in this and it was Him who brought us together. We attended every family/marriage seminar we could. We sought counseling in the church and with a private Christian counselor whom we knew well. For 39 years, we have been pursuing God’s truth diligently and seeking His direction in our lives. “God is with us” is so very true no matter what comes at us or tries to get us off track. Through these years, we have discovered that “Prince Charming and Sleeping Beauty” can exist side-by-side to weather any storm! We agree that God has given us His best in ways we could never have imagined!
Recenty we were talking with our younger granddaughter. We were talking about God’s best in different aspects of our lives. During this conversation, she mentioned that familiar phrase… “God gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” It got my attention immediately. I asked her where she had gotten this. A friend had given it to her via text. She sent it to me the next day. As soon as I started to read it, I remembered having read it before when I discovered the true and living Lord Jesus Christ in 1978. It is a poem written by Corrie Ten Boom called: “Life Is But A Weaving (The Tapestry Poem)” as follows:
My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.
Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not ‘til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.
Over these past few months I have attempted to write Part 2, but, it was today that the Lord made it possible; this is the day it was supposed to be written. Perhaps someone is struggling with someone or something that they don’t understand. Perhaps someone is stuck in seeing the underside. Perhaps someone’s trust level has become strained or weakened. Perhaps someone just needs to read these words and apply them as they fit their own personal circumstance.
I am grateful… oh, so very grateful…for the “best” that was given to me. Our love for each other has grown commensurately as our love for the Lord has grown. The more we love Him the more we love each other. There is nothing that can separate me/us from the love of God. Nothing! I pray that His best will find you as you genuinely rest in the truth of Who He really is.
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