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TITLE: Some Things Are...Meant to Be...
By Bella Rossiter

Hearing and heeding God's voice, saying yes to His guidance in everyday life, even if it means moving into new territory; literally and figuratively. I've discovered that some things are meant to be and some things really aren't.
Traveling to Olympia on a moment's notice...
My friend Betty's husband passed away and his memorial service was the day after I received the message from a mutual friend and former co-worker. I thought about Judy who had terminal cancer; and Chau who was battling cancer and Soai who recently had surgery for a brain tumor. Although I retired and moved to Arizona, I continue to feel as close as family with these women I worked with for many years.

My two sons living in the Olympia area were struggling with family problems. I longed to see them again. I was sharing my concerns on the phone with Debbie in Long Island, NY, sighing, "I wish I could be there with them all." Debbie shot back, "Mom, you can!" I was in the air and on my way twelve hours after this conversation.

It was the most remarkably satisfying week I have ever spent on such a spontaneous undertaking. I wrote in my journal the daily events and personal encounters I enjoyed; realizing how very close I came to missing the whole thing! It really had been meant to be...

Attending the Princess Tours job opportunity presentation at the Gold Canyon RV Resort clubhouse was partially attributed to the cookies being served. The invitation drew nearly fifty residents, and only three people who took them up on their offer of summer jobs in Alaska.

I had only fleetingly thought about getting a job since retiring, but had no motivating force to enter the job market again. After startling myself and everyone else by accepting a position at Mt McKinley, I learned that my teenage grandson, last seen at age 3, was living in Ketchikan. This became an adventure I couldn't turn away.

Sadly, I didn't get to see him, but the three months I spent in Alaska were wonderfully adventurous and liberating! It really had been meant to be...

A seed of desire fluttered into my heart the day I watched the sky divers appear as infinitesimal dots high above, and softly land with their chutes unfurling only yards from my camera's eye.

Within a year, I too was free-falling with no fear, hoping the elation would last forever. Twice, jumping conditions were unfavorable, yet I knew I had to try again. It was heavenly, a spiritual as well as physical encounter and it really had been meant to be...

Chatting happily on the trip back from my sky dive, a long forgotten subject inserted itself into the space between Frank and me. We were best friends in the nine years we had lived separately, but now we discovered ourselves agreeing to buy a home together again! Four months later the papers were signed on a comfortable home in another resort and we haven't looked back since. It really was meant to be...

Who goes to their 50th Reunion not knowing anyone there? I'd never even been to one since I graduated and moved away from San Francisco in 1958. But, there was that mysterious ingredient that stirs my soul, and I knew I just had to go. It turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which I captured in story form, illustrating that some things really are meant to be...

I was whistling my usual off-key melody and telling Frank about the unexpected job opening in UCC. The slightly complicated circumstances only served to convince me that only by the grace of God could I be accepted to fill that position. The timing and the state of my heart and mind, dove-tailed into that certain connection with the Spirit that I've had before concerning my family and friends. I was virtually there in spirit if not in body, but it was just a matter of time. Following a flurry of e-mails and voice-mails, I submitted my resume' with an astonishing conviction this was something that was really meant to be...

But what astonished me was that some things really aren't...

God's leading and my following are still the same.
I am prepared to go at a moment's notice,
wherever He leads...if it really is meant to be...
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