You know when you laugh at something as impossible, God is preparing you for a lesson. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, could testify to that truth! God can bring anything to pass, and if it’s for your good, He will. I learned this the summer I was 19.
Several years before, I picked up somewhere along the way that being clean-shaven means an Amish man is single. My sister and I started a running joke. Whenever such a young man was spotted, we would elbow each other. Giggling, of course! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that a clean shaven young Amish man was waiting in my future.
One summer day when I was 19, I drove to my neighbor’s home, as she was overloaded with an abundant crop of green beans. A young lady who worked there was picking as well. She moved quickly along the rows, shyly answering my attempts at conversation. Noticing an accent, I asked her where she was raised. “New York”, she said. It didn’t fit in my mind with the way she spoke. “I was Amish,” she offered, noticing my confusion. I learned more that day about the Amish than I had in my previous 18 years.
Telling her about myself, she exclaimed, “You would be perfect for a former Amish guy!” I smiled and laughed, sure it was completely unlikely. I had never met an ex-Amish young man in my life! That day was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and the beginning of the rest of my life.
Through our friendship, I met many more former Amish young people. I found a circle of people that I never knew existed, with whom I had so many values in common. In particular, I met a young man named Mose.
I remember his quiet shyness, observing him across the room at get-togethers. We hardly spoke, as he was shy and I wasn’t about to go after him! The other problem was we were being teased about each other, all in good fun, of course. People would tell us how we were perfect for each other. We were both stubborn and refused to listen to our good friends’ suggestions.
Then, two of our mutual friends were getting married. I was asked to be a bridesmaid, and Mose a groomsman. I asked a couple close friends to tell me more about this guy. But they didn’t have much to offer me due to his quietness. The wedding came, and, of course, I was paired with Mose. Holding his arm as we walked down the aisle, I felt a sense of fate. And of God’s working.
After months of basically ignoring each other, the wedding took down the barrier between us. We muddled the seating arrangement at the bridal table, as we were the first to enter the reception. I could not for the life of me remember how the attendants sat! Men and ladies on either side? Groomsmen and bridesmaids in pairs? Neither Mose or I could remember in those few seconds. So we sat together.
We talked and talked during the reception, pausing only when necessary. I discovered a depth that intrigued me. His faith was so genuine, so beautiful to behold. He had literally left his family, his culture, his people, to follow Jesus.
A friend watched us sitting together, and said, “They’re meant for each other.”
Our wedding day was almost one year later. And we still laugh over the little joke, my clean shaven young Amish man and me.
How has God worked unexpectedly in your life? Has He surprised you?
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