Adam did not want to stop talking.
He asked, “Wait, I did not even ask you what you do for a living.”
I said, “Go ahead and guess.”
Adam said, “Are you a psychologist?”
I chuckled and said, “Well, yes and no. I have graduate credentials in psychology, but the way I work is much different from how others work. Most often, I work with people who are going through major life-transitions due to infidelity and who have hit a brick wall. Helping people navigate life after betrayal is my passion and I get to be a redeemer of people and of marriages.”
Adam smiled and he said, “That’s a really nice thing to do for people; I like that.”
But, then Adam’s face became very serious and he quizzically stared at me for a while. I was wondering if I had offended him. After all, I had not given Adam the best of news. I had told him that an LLM degree would not allow him to reach his goal of being an attorney. All of that work that he was doing to get admitted to an LLM was seemingly coming to naught. But, it caused Adam to think about what he really wanted.
Adam finally said, “I believe God led me to you.”
I replied, “Tell me more about that. Why did God lead you to me; how does that work?”
Hint: When people say that, I want to know if they are using a common cliché.
Adam said very seriously, “You have no idea how my day has been today; right before I met you. I have been working on my laptop in a coffee shop all day. I became very upset because I found out earlier in the week that my law degree and all those years of practice were not transferable to a future Master’s program. The state could not tell me what degree I needed to practice law again and kept suggesting an LLM.
I was afraid I would have to keep being a real estate broker and that would disappoint my parents. I was sitting there working on my laptop and there was an awful vision that came into my mind.
In the vision, I was in a small boat with no motor and no way to row. I was floating in the middle of a dark sea. There were many waves and no light anywhere. In my vision, I fell off the boat and did not know where to swim. Everything was dark. There were no stars in the night sky. I knew that no matter where I swam, it would be useless.
There was no point of light to show me where the land was. I saw that I could swim for miles in any direction and still be lost in the dark waves. I knew I needed a lighthouse, so that I would know also which direction to go in.
I realized immediately this vision was about my life. No matter which way I go, everything is useless. I started to despair. Then, God said to me that I needed to get off my laptop, to take a long walk in one direction, and that I would meet someone who would be like a lighthouse.
This vision caused me to leave the coffee shop and go on a long walk, which led me to you. God said he would point that person out when I crossed their path. The reason I came to give you my card and talk about your car was because God told me you were the lighthouse.”
To say I was stunned was an understatement. I almost took out my phone and almost started recording him on my phone’s video camera.
I was astonished because Adam had described the contract I have with God.
Adam told me that talking to me helped clear his head and gave him the literal illumination he needed to move forward.
I thanked Adam and told him I would probably see him around town, then I went home.