Two years ago I met Elena, an adorable college student who stopped by our Bible table at the beach. She was from the big city, but vacationing here with family.
She hung out with us for quite a while and asked if she could return with a friend and work with us. A few months later she brought Jenny and they proved to be true evangelists, sharing the message of Jesus and praying with those in need.
Recently at 8:30 PM I received a text from Elena. “I know this is last-minute, but what are you doing tonight?”
“Just working on my Bible lesson. Why?”
“I decided to take a little drive to clear my mind. Now I realize I’m only a half hour away from you. I would love to see you.”
I wrote, “I would love to see you too, but we are not late night people. We’ll be heading to bed around 10 PM.”
“I can be there by 9 and won’t stay long.”
I put on water for tea and brought out the cookies. A few minutes later I opened the door to bubbly Elena. She told me about her classes, her two jobs and then her boyfriend.
“We’ve been dating a year. He’s 24, attends Bible college and someday wants to teach the Bible.”
I was familiar with the school he attends—one of the best. My immediate impression was favorable.
She explained that their parents are from the same country in the Middle East. They’ve attended the same church all their lives and knew each other as kids. They both love the Lord and want to serve Him together. They plan to become engaged in a year since they both need to complete their studies. She showed me his picture and I could see them serving God together.
I suggested it might become difficult to maintain a God-honoring courtship for such a long period. She explained for that reason they avoid spending much time together alone. Rather, they intentionally spend time together with groups of friends with whom they do ministry.
I gave my blessing and we prayed together before she headed back. She left before 10 PM.
Thank You, Lord, for the privilege and the joy of knowing precious Elena. Keep her close to You. Guide and direct her ways and help her to love You more and more each day. I pray in the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.
- The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18