This past weekend I hopped on a plane to California to celebrate my best friend getting engaged! Alyssa and I have been best friends for 15 years. We became friends in the most unusual way–(before knowing each other) in high school, I dated her ex boyfriend & according to high school code 101, we weren’t supposed to be friends, ever. Fast forward to college when we attended the same university and instantly became friends. It seems like yesterday that we spent one evening talking to almost 4am catching up on the first 18 years of our lives. We have experienced a lot over the past 15 years, college, dating, break ups, jobs, relocating to different cities and states… the list goes on and on.
Alyssa thought I was flying out to California for a much needed girls weekend. Hiking, getting our nails done, coffee shops and a nice dinner out on the town were in order. I must admit, I held it together pretty darn good, keeping my game face and made sure to get her to downtown LA by 4pm,where the love of her life would pop the BIG question.
The night before, we spoke about life, love, our futures and the faithfulness of God. It was just like many other conversations we have shared before, only this one was a little different. As she shared her excitement of her “one day” I couldn’t help be distracted by her “next day.” What she thought was her soon to be moment, I knew was her next day moment.
The morning of her engagement, we got up, got dressed and I drove her to work. It was like another, ordinary day, except it wasn’t. This day was her day, she just didn’t know it yet. As I headed to coffee and dialed her fiancé-to-be to get the final details for the day, I had a BLOG moment.
Things change on a dime.
I’ve been a part of many surprises, but none compare to this! It was so exciting to know that what my best friend had prayed for, believed for and patiently waited for was happening before she did! I imagine that’s how God feels towards us–He is all knowing and all powerful, and in a moment, He does what we have prayed for, believed for and patiently waited for.
I use this beautiful story to encourage you, to stay ready, leaning in, full of expectation. Your one day might just be your next day! Things turn on a dime.
I’m sure you’re wondering if she said YES… she absoutely said YES! It was one of the most amazing experiences, ever. We not only went on hikes, grabbed coffee, got our nails done and had some much needed girl time, but we celebrated her ENGAGEMENT all weekend long! Let the wedding planning begin!