The woman behind the counter leaned forward to better hear my husbands’ words.
“I beg your pardon, would you mind repeating what you just said?’
Dave patiently repeated the purpose of our visit, “I’ve just got out of boot camp and returned home to get my wife. I am to report for training classes tomorrow so we need to get housing.”
Eyes wide with amazement, the woman replied, “That’s what I thought you said. Excuse me while I see what we can do.”
She disappeared behind an office door. We glanced at each other, wondering why there was confusion over something the housing office does on a daily basis. The woman returned along with the housing manager.
“It just so happens that yesterday we got an unexpected vacancy. We have a duplex available for rent.” We signed the paperwork and promptly took possession.
We were into our marriage ten months and had missed each other terribly during the month long boot camp. We were young and in love; separation was unthinkable to either of us.
Nevertheless, the Viet Nam War made some decisions for us. Dave realized his draft number was coming up. He preferred the Navy so he had to take action or he would automatically be inducted into the Army.
Needless to say, our first year of marriage had not played out as I had anticipated.
Both of us were clueless to a thing called military protocol or a housing waiting list two years long.
Looking back, I see several miracles:
A couple moving unexpectedly. We walked into the military housing office at just the right time.
The people next in line on the waiting list hadn’t been notified yet,
The manager taking compassion on our situation.
Even now I can’t believe all that was a mere coincidence. Stupidity yes, but Jesus had everything covered unbeknownst to us.
He didn’t have to provide for us the way he did. At that time in our spiritual life, a relationship with God was nonexistent. Both of us grew up in moral homes and went to church each week prior to our wedding.
But attendance doesn’t automatically make you a Christian any more than going to a fast food restaurant turns you into a hamburger. Having any kind of friendship with Jesus wasn’t in our mindset at that time.
Fortunately Jesus doesn’t wait until we get life straightened out with him before he starts blessing us. Looking back I can see his love was already at work as he patiently waited for us to realize his presence.