The alarm on Stephanie's cellphone went off at 6 AM. Exhausted from a another night of too little sleep and too many nightmares, she rolled over, hit the snooze button, and pulled the blanket over her head to block out the early morning light filtering into the room.
Ten minutes later the alarm rang again and Stephanie groaned. Sliding her finger across the face of the phone to turn off the noise, she laid there with her eyes shut trying to find the motivation to get up and begin another day. Depression rolled over her like a heavy fog as she thought about the events of recent weeks...
Her husband of nine years sat at the breakfast table one morning and just told her straight out that he wanted a divorce, that he'd found someone new he liked a whole lot better. Still reeling from that announcement and him moving out, she learned that the business where she'd worked for years was downsizing, and either she or the other senior person in her department was going to be let go. The other person just happened to be the boss's nephew. Add to that the fact that she was just barely managing to cover the bills and the mortgage payment was past due, and it was more than Stephanie could bear. Tears began to slip from the corners of her eyes as she realized she had no idea what she was going to do. It all seemed so pointless... so hopeless.
Just then Stephanie's cellphone signaled an incoming message. Surprised that someone would text her this early in the morning, she picked up the phone to find the following message:
Stephanie... I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you.
The ID showed the caller was "UNKNOWN". Stephanie wondered if maybe her ex had gotten a new number and was having a change of heart.
Huh? Who is this? she texted back.
I am the one who loves you.
Yeah right, nobody loves me, not anymore.
I have always loved you, Stephanie, and I always will. I know what you're going through right now.
Intrigued, Stephanie sat up in bed.
What would you know about what I'm going through? Nobody has a clue.
I know about your husband leaving, and that you're afraid that you're going to lose your job. I know you're having money problems, and car problems too. More importantly, I know how sad you are, and that you're thinking about some pretty scary ways to end the pain you're feeling.
Stephanie was stunned.
Nobody knows that, I haven't told that to anybody. You're scaring me now! WHO ARE YOU?
Don't be afraid Stephanie, I am the one who knows everything, who sees all. I am the one who created you.
You are my father? That's not funny. He died a long time ago.
I am the Father of all life, Stephanie, I am the one you call God.
Stephanie stared at the screen in disbelief. Was this someone's idea of a sick game? But what if.... if God can do all things, could he really text her? Would he? She didn't know how to respond. She held her breath and waited.
There is something important I want you to know, Stephanie. I know that right now it feels like everything is falling apart in your life - your marriage, your job, your finances, even your car. But there's a reason these things are happening, and it isn't all bad like it seems.
What reason? How could there be anything good about any of this? It's horrible! I feel so lost and alone, and I don't know what I'm going to do.
This was all too much. Stephanie found herself sobbing.
Sometimes people can't see when changes are needed in their lives, Stephanie, when the place where they are is no longer good for them. They get stuck in a pattern of life and stop growing. When that happens I sometimes use life events to get them moving in a new direction, one where they will come closer to the light, closer to what I have created them to be.
So are you saying that these things are happening so that I will move, go somewhere else?
I'm telling you that sometimes you have to close doors so that I can open new ones that will lead you to better places. I can do that Stephanie, I can guide you on a journey that will lead you closer to me, and to more happiness and love than you have ever thought was possible.
I want to believe that, I really do... God.. but how do I know it's true? Tell me what is going to happen.
If I told you everything that I have planned for your life it would be too much for you to comprehend, but I can tell you that you will soon receive a job offer in a place you've often dreamed of living. Take that offer Stephanie, it's the first step on the journey. The rest will all unfold in good time.
OMG, Stephanie texted. Then she realized what she had just said and gasped, embarrassed.
You mean I'm going to move to Denver, near the mountains that I love so much?
:-) God responded with a smile.
Trust me, Stephanie. I am with you every moment as you go through these changes. It isn't going to be easy, but you don't need to be afraid. Walk with me, come to me often with your prayers. Take it step by step, and I will show you the way.
Thank you! Thank you, God... I... I don't know what to say!
Your thankfulness is enough, Stephanie. I love you more than you could imagine. I created you with love, and I will love you always. Nothing will ever change that.
Stephanie felt herself surrounded by an incredibly warmth, like she was being wrapped in love. An amazing sense of peace filled the empty space in her heart.
One more thing, Stephanie... get up and go to work with a smile on your face. The end of your time there is near, but the end is a new beginning. I want you to know that you are going to be ok, much more than ok... because I love you.
With that the cellphone screen went blank. Stephanie bounded out of bed and headed for the shower.
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