As we were driving up into the mountains, the beauty of the fall scenery struck a chord within me. I felt there must have been a master hand behind creating such a beautiful world as this, and at that moment was grateful to be alive. This was my first weekend trip with my friend Linda. We decided to take a girl’s getaway to the mountains to get a little rest and relaxation. We had been friends a couple of months ever since she had joined my church in July. It felt good to leave my job as a computer programmer behind in the city. I had a rough couple of weeks on my job, being on call every night for computer problems. There had been plenty of problems too, and I had spent late nights connecting to the mainframe from my home computer to fix program bugs. It was good to be leaving that all behind for a couple of days.
Linda said, “Patty, this scenery is the best thing since sliced bread”. I laughed and said, “I think the scenery was here before sliced bread.” She was always saying something or other was the best thing since sliced bread. She worked as an administrative assistant at a chemical company.
We turned off the highway and followed the road to the cabin. It was locked, but Linda had the key. She had rented it for the weekend from a friend. We took our luggage inside. I set my luggage in one bedroom, and Linda put hers in the other. We unpacked the groceries we had brought along and filled the small refrigerator and some of the cabinets.
“At least we’ll have plenty to eat,” Linda laughed.
“That’s for sure,” I said.
We decided to walk down the path to the lake. There were not many people at the lake, just a few fishermen.
Then I talked a little about how hectic the past few weeks had been for me at work. “Only 32 more years until retirement,” I joked.
“It will be here faster than you think,” said Linda wisely, although she was about the same age as me.
We spent the next day talking, laughing, walking and eating. I fixed Linda a vegan dinner of brown rice, spicy beans, sautéed tomatoes and okra, and fresh strawberries and kiwi. “I didn’t know you could eat so well and still be vegan,” she said.
“Oh yes, I eat very well vegan-style.”
Sunday we woke up and both missed attending church. But we spent the morning reading the Bible and sharing favorite passages with each other.
Linda told me about her boyfriend, John. He worked at the same chemical company that she did, and was an engineer. “We have been dating about a year, but I don’t think he will ever get serious about a relationship”, she said. I have been thinking about breaking things off with him for that reason.”
“Have you tried talking about it with him?” I asked.
“Yes, but he just cracks a joke about it, and he doesn’t really discuss it.”
“It is hard to move on if he is someone you care about, but you know what you want out of life. You have to do what is best for you,” I said.
“What about you?” she asked. “I never hear you talk about a boyfriend.”
“I was engaged until about 9 months ago,” I said. “Then he met someone else he decided he liked better.”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” said Linda.
“No, it is better it happened before we were married than after,” I said.
“That’s for sure,” Linda said. “But you need to start dating again.”
“Yes, I know. I just haven’t met the right person yet,” I said.
“John has a good friend that is unattached. We could all go out to dinner together one night if you want.”
“Thanks, I’ll think about it,” I said.
“Linda,” I said, let’s put it in the Lord’s hands.”
“What?” asked Linda.
“Let’s leave meeting Mr. Right up to the Lord. The Bible says God takes care of even a little sparrow, so how much more is he looking over us. Let’s just put it in God’s hands and see what God has in mind for us. No more trying to meet someone or being set up on blind dates. And you can put your relationship with John in God’s hands too. Ask him to let you know what you should do. He knows if John is the right one for you or not. And if he is not, God will put the right man in your path.”
“I believe God can do that.”
So we prayed together and asked the Lord to intervene in our lives in that area and lead us to our perfect partners.
We enjoyed the rest of the day together and packed our things back into the car to return home. I enjoyed the scenery even more on the way home, because I felt so refreshed and relaxed.
I believe that weekend was a turning point for both of us in our personal relationships. About a month later Linda broke up with John. She met another man that she also worked with and she thinks things are looking up. He seems to take their relationship much more seriously.
Me? Well I met the perfect man too, through our church. He is the youth minister and I already knew him but one day we just started talking like we had never talked before. We discovered we really liked each other. Yes, he has “popped the question” and we are getting married next year.
Everything seems to go better when you put it in the hands of the Lord. He leads us down the right paths in everything if we are willing to let him and wait on His own good time.