Recently at 8:30 PM I received a text from a young college friend in another city. “I know this is last-minute, but what are you doing tonight?”
“Just some paper work. 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. 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 that 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. What a precious ending to the day!
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
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