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I had always wanted to marry a girl who was pretty and personable, but after I became a committed believer, I wanted a wife who would also be a partner in my new journey of faith. But I had no idea how to go about finding such a girl. For some reason, it never entered my immature mind to ask God to send me a life mate. As I floundered on my own, my first experiences in dating and courtship were disasters. By the time I began my junior year at UT, I had already been through three relationships that ended in heartache and pain. At the young age of twenty, I realized I needed help.
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I was determined not to put another girl through the pain of rejection, and equally determined to avoid a repeat of it myself. So I gave up my search and decided to leave it up to God: "I don't want to date anymore. I want You to choose my lifelong mate and bring her to me. Since I had put my marital future in God's hands, I decided I no longer needed free evenings for my social life, so I took a job that required me to work seven nights a week.
Don't get me wrong: I wasn't punishing myself for my relational failures. The job provided good pay and good discipline, both of which I sorely needed. Two years of goofing off at college taught me I might never get out if I didn't get serious. The job gave me considerable free time to study — and did I ever need that! I even had an office and a title, and a fairly impressive one, I thought. I was the assistant night sergeant at arms for the senate chamber of the Texas state legislature.
My job was to prepare the night meeting rooms for the senators' committee meetings as needed.
Most of the time I just sat at my desk, on call, and studied. The Texas senate does not meet during Christmas break, which freed me to go on a trip to Chula Vista, Mexico, to restore an old mission. The following week the student campus ministry that supervised the trip had its weekly meeting, and I was asked to make a report on the trip. A girl who came often to our campus ministry asked a Pi Phi sorority sister to accompany her to that meeting. The friend's name was Harriet Schoellkopf. When I met Harriet, I remember thinking she was exceptionally pretty, very nice, intelligent, and possibly a committed Christian — just the type of person our campus ministry ought to have in the student group.
And I also thought she might be a great date.
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In other words, I saw her both as a project and a prospect. But such thoughts remained submerged in my subconscious. At that moment, I had a report to give. Two weeks later, a coworker at the capitol offered to cover for me if I wanted to go to the next campus ministry meeting. I hadn't dated anyone in more than six months, but out of the blue the thought hit me that I should take a girl to the event. Since I had determined not to date until God pointed the way, I prayed and asked Him for guidance. Harriet came immediately to my mind. I got the number of the Pi Phi house and picked up the phone to dial it.
At that exact moment, I heard the voices of people coming into my office — a thing that seldom happened. I was on the second floor of the capitol in the senate wing. It wasn't a place anyone would accidentally run across, nor was it easy to find even if one was looking for it.
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I quickly replaced the phone receiver and turned around just as Harriet and her friend walked through the door. I stood there gaping like an idiot, speechless. I had just asked God whom I might take to the meeting, thought of Harriet, gotten her number, and started to dial — and right at that moment, there she was. Not merely a voice on the phone, but in the flesh. I know now that it was a visit from heaven.
I don't mean Harriet was an angel, though ironically the Pi Phi nickname is "angels. I recovered my composure and greeted my two visitors. In response, Harriet's friend explained why they had come. Afterward we remembered that you worked here, so we just thought we'd drop by and say hi.
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So the girls had dropped by as a spur-of-the-moment afterthought? Later I learned they had devised this carefully laid plan just so Harriet could see me again.
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As I look back on that day, I see God's love at work. He had inspired Harriet to come by my office as part of His strategy to bring to me my future mate just as surely as He brought Eve to Adam. When Harriet walked into my office that evening, I had no idea it would be a life-changing visit. Yet I was as surprised as Adam and Eve were when they encountered God. Thank goodness I didn't hide, but I was speechless. That is how heaven works now, because that is the way it was intended to be in the beginning.
If we could only see just how connected heaven and earth are, we could see how many heavenly visits occur every day. In fact, this intimate connection between heaven and earth is the way the whole story begins — not just my story with Harriet but the big story of our lives. It is as plain as the words on a page: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" Genesis Notice the order: heaven existed before earth. Then He created us, male and female, and gave the first couple an idyllic garden as their home. He personally demonstrated to them just how closely earth and heaven are connected and how natural and beautiful this connection is: "They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day" Genesis God's first visit after setting everything in place was as if He simply stepped out of His back door and took a leisurely walk through His new creation, admiring His magnificent garden and anticipating a joyful conversation with these two new beings He made to bear His very own image.