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Topic: Canada (01/29/09)
TITLE: Canada, Jeff and a Surprise Visit
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He loved his job at Lukins-Wilcox, working as an attorney and hoped that he could continue there until he retired. It looked like he would be working there a long time because the owner found him to be responsible, hard-working and dependable.
Like many, Jeff found out that Canada was more demanding of its citizens and employees, especially when it came to the environment. Strict rules were enforced in every aspect of the land but for Jeff this was fine, for he had deep respect for wildlife and in preserving and caring for the land.
But Jeff was hungering for more than just a job and the loveliness of Canada. Just two days ago he whispered out loud, “Help me, Lord. I need to know what you want me to do; how I can get closer to you..”
It was May and soon Jeff would be leaving for his vacation at Northern Wilde. Because of his position at Lukins-Wilcox, he was afforded a three week vacation. Unmarried and unattached, Jeff left early on a Monday morning and headed out toward…..
He enjoyed the drive to Northern Wilde, for he loved the clean and beautiful scenery of Canada. The trees, the mountains and the landscape; he loved them all.
As he approached Davenport Inn, he noticed that the parking lot was mostly empty. Almost every time that he stayed at the famous and ornate Inn, the parking lot was full and people everywhere were shopping at the many fine shops near the Inn. But, today was a different story. It gave him an empty kind of feeling, for he was hoping to mingle with some of the visitors. Usually he found someone he could talk with or go skiing with..
As he entered the Inn, he saw a different man at the counter. David Connolly was usually there at the front desk, so this was another unexpected change.
“Good Morning, Sir. Do you have a reservation?”
“Yes. I’m Jeff Goldstein. I called several weeks and made a reservation for the second floor.”
“Let me check and see.” After checking his records he replied, ‘I’m sorry sir, I don’t see your name. Perhaps you made the reservation earlier or later?”
“No, I’m positive that I made it for today.”
“Well, as you can see we have many openings. How about a room on the thirteenth floor?”
“Why the thirteenth? I’m not superstitious but I don’t like to push the envelope..”
“I mentioned the thirteenth because it has recently been upgraded and has many nice and convenient amenities.”
“Well, alright. I do like updated accommodations. Thirteen, it is!”
Jeff was escorted to the thirteenth floor, the bellboy with bags and clothes in hand. The bellboy opened the door to the room, put the bags and clothes in place and then said, “Hope you enjoy your stay.” He waited for a tip and Jeff gave him a five piece.
After checking out the room and finding everything to his satisfaction, he opened the curtains and looked out the window. The site was beautiful—with a large lake nearby and tall and statuesque trees everywhere.
After enjoying a delicious dinner in the dining room, he ventured outside and walked toward a large gate that led to an enclosed field. He had entered the site every time he came and loved the how the field looked, with evergreens and bushes everywhere.
As he walked closer to the huge evergreens he saw something that looked out of place…Way out of place.
For about forty yards away he saw a blurry figure. The figure was glowing and it radiated a wonderful presence of peace.
As he stepped closer he heard the figure say, “He who you have been seeking, stands before you. You need not search any further..”
Nothing else was said but Jeff thought back to what he murmured to himself just days ago to a verse he read in the Bible, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all else will be added unto you.”
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