"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,"
says the LORD. Isaiah 55:8 NKJV
My wife and I were - and still are - real bookworms, and would love to work in an Evangelical Bookshop.
In Amsterdam (Holland) I worked in a shop of the CLC (Christian Literature Crusade) after I finished Bible College in Wales. I really enjoyed the work in the shop but was also active in my church.
CLC wanted a further commitment but I also wanted to spend more time in the activities of our church, so I made the decision to become a part time worker in the church.
Years later, when God brought my wife-to-be to our church, that visit first changed her, and later my life as well.
When we moved to another part of the city, we became involved in a church in walking distance from our house.
A few years later, a door opened to start working in an Evangelical Bookshop in the centre of Amsterdam. This shop was owned by another church. The meetings we had with the leaders of this congregation were progressing and everything looked promising.
One morning during my quiet time, I happened to read the above mentioned verse of scripture, and it hit me like a hammer. I knew instantly this had to do with our plans.
At first I felt too embarrassed to tell my wife about it, but what else could I do?
My peace about the new job had gone out of the window.
My wife too felt embarrassed, but we saw it as a stop sign from the Lord, though we did not fully understand it at that time.
How difficult and embarrassing it was to tell the leadership of that church that we would not take the job after all; we had been so enthusiastic about it.
The Lord loved us and wanted to correct us, because this path was not according to His plan.
And surely, not long after this "no, no", He opened another door, and we became the caretakers of our former church – a task that prepared us for our calling to Israel.
For whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. Heb. 12:6 NKJV
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