June 8, 2017: A Divine Appointment
Acts 17:26-27 (NIV)
26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
Dr. Williams and his wife decided to take few days off to go hiking in some nearby forests that had amazing scenery this time of year. The trees were all turning into brilliant displays of colors across the canvass of the heavens. It was high time they took some time to regroup and enjoy being away from everything at the University.
On the drive out to their hiking spot, they felt the pressures of the university and the town begin to fade. They found their joy in being with each other and the Lord being rekindled.
“I have been really looking forward to our time today, Honey. I have missed just being with you. I know our schedule has grown quite hectic but I am glad we have taken this time to get away.” Ruth expressed her enjoyment being with her husband without anyone else interrupting their time together.
“So have I, Ruth. So have I.” Dr. Williams replied with a deep sense of contentment and joy.
The drive out the hiking spot took a little longer than they anticipated but after their two-hour drive, they arrived. When they pulled into the parking lot there was no other car in sight. It looked like they had the whole forest park to themselves.
“This is going to be just great honey. No one to interrupt us. We have the whole day in front of us and nowhere else to be. This place was rather unusual because not even cell phones worked out here. You were literally cut off from the rest of the world.
They parked and gathered the things they would need for their hike.
“Bottles of water.”
“Compass and trail map?”
“Backpack with lunches?”
“What kind of wife would I be if I forgot our Bibles? “ Ruth asked in a funny sarcastic voice.
The two of them stood together enjoying the cool breeze and the fall colors. After a few minutes, Dr. Williams expressed their gratitude to God for allowing them to have such pleasure in each other and His presence with them.
“Well let’s be off to see the great wonders of our God,” Dr. Williams gave a walking stick he had made for his wife years ago. She always used it on these hikes. He had also brought the one he made for himself. They both found having a walking stick made the hike much easier than to walk without one.
They had been hiking for over an hour when Ruth saw something on the path ahead of them. “Is that what I think it is?” Ruth asked her husband.
“It looks like someone’s journal or diary.” Dr. Williams remarked.
Ruth bent down to pick it up and she almost stopped breathing when she read the name on the cover of the journal. “This must be some sort of joke. There is no way this belongs to the Becki that we know at the University. What are the chances of her journal being found by us in this extremely remote place?” Ruth exclaimed.
Dr. Williams opened the journal to see the words written on the inside jacket cover.
“This journal belongs to Becki Wilson. If found please return it to this address.
Becki Wilson, Smith Hall Women’s Dormitory, 105 College Street, University Campus, Blairsville, Pennsylvania.
“Well this does make for a very interesting hike doesn’t it?” Ruth offered.
“What should we do with this knowledge?” Dr. Williams asked
““What does God’s word offer by way of counsel in this regard?” Ruth asked her husband.