I think I have sat here at my computer for a full five minutes wondering how to begin this email to you, and I still don't really know where to start...
I find myself caught up in a bit of a whirlwind at present. To come home from a foreign country wondering what the Lord has in store next and discover that a Godly young man has been getting to know my family for the past 2 1/2 months with *special* intentions, that he has contacted trusted friends to further pursue and confirm these intentions, that he has written me a beautiful letter of introduction, and that he has bought me my favorite flowers to welcome me home...I'll admit, it is all a bit surreal. It's a good thing I love surprises because I think this probably has to be the biggest one of my life! :)
Before going any further, I would like you to know how grateful I am and how honored I feel for how you have handled this whole situation. It means a great deal to me that you approached my dad first, that you have taken the time to get to know my family and friends, and that you have waited so patiently for my homecoming. Such character in young men is rare these days and a true testimony to the working of Christ in your heart and life. Thank you also for the lovely letter and beautiful flowers! Your thoughtfulness and kindness made my first day home something rather unforgettable.
Now it is my turn to begin getting to know you through the stories, pictures, sermons, and emails that my family members have been sharing with me, and I have to say, it has been a fun process! I do feel, though, that I have a lot of work to do catching up as you have a three month head-start on me! :)
That said, I have a proposal to make now that I have had time to process this whole new experience. I know my dad made arrangements with you to come for lunch on Friday (which I am very happy about!), but honestly, the idea of meeting you face to face for the first time in front of my family is a bit daunting. Since they already know you and will be watching closely for my reaction (and yours too), I think that such a first meeting might be a little awkward. So here is my proposal. What is the possibility of meeting you ahead of time in a more private environment? If you are available tomorrow during your lunch break, or even after work if that is better, I would love to get together with you at a Panera Bread or coffee shop or some such place to have the pleasure of meeting you myself without gawking bystanders. :) Then when you do come on Friday, the ice will have already been broken so to speak, and we can be relaxed and enjoy the day with my family. How does this idea sound to you?
My schedule tomorrow is very open. Katelin and Nathan come into town in the evening so I'd like to be here to welcome them when they arrive, but otherwise, I have no fixed engagements or plans. I understand that you work tomorrow, so if your schedule is booked and it doesn't work out to get together, I would totally understand and perhaps we could settle for a phone call instead. If, however, you have any windows of time for a visit over hot chocolate or a bowl of soup, let me know what time would be best, be it lunch time or later in the afternoon. And please know, I am very willing to drive to whatever location would be most convenient to you, especially if our meeting would be during your lunch hour, so as to make the most of your break time.
I feel so blessed by the Lord for all that has been transpiring over these last few weeks and months and look forward to whatever He has in store for the future! His perfect will is my heart's desire, as I know it is yours. My prayer right now is for wisdom, discernment, and a surrendered heart.
May Jesus draw you closer and closer each day as you seek Him faithfully, and may He grant you wisdom for each step in the journey.
Another deep breath and I hit the "send" button. Now, to wait for his response...
It is absolutely wonderful to hear from you! I've read so many of your literary works (565 blog posts + many other writings ;), but not until now has one been addressed specifically to me. I feel honored! : )
I can only respond very briefly right now. Expect a full response very late this evening or very early tomorrow. I will be going nonstop until about 11:00 pm or so today. However, plan on lunch tomorrow! Details will come in the next email along with a proper response to your message. :)
In His Grace,
Oh, where to begin? First off, I want to say thank you for your great response and kind words. It is you, though, who deserves so much credit and praise. To come home and discover all that you have about me must have been quite surprising indeed. Yet, you seem to have handled it like few others could. That speaks volumes to your character and helps confirm the many wonderful things I have heard about you. Thank you, Katrina, for so passionately seeking Christ Himself who has beautifully molded you and and continues to mold you into His precious image.
It has been a bit of a journey for me thus far. The more I learn about you the more impressed I am with God's great work in your life. It certainly was not always easy for me. Imagine it, calling people you don't know to ask questions about a person you've never met. ha! Now that was an adventure. With more calls, however, came more reassurance as your friends and family told me more and more about Katrina Rebsch. Your parents have been wonderful and very helpful every step of the way. They have been a blessing to me! Now, though I have a bit of a head start on you, there is still so much more I would like to learn. And I'm sure you have a million questions which I look forward to answering! : )
As for lunch, you know, I really enjoy awkward... and gawking. Are you sure you don't want to meet in person for the first time Friday? :) haha Your point is taken. I would be most honored if you would accompany me for lunch today. And did you mention hot chocolate? Now that is speaking my language! : ) How does 11:45 am at Panera Bread sound? We would have about one hour to visit and break the ice a bit. I will plan on seeing you there. If that won't work for whatever reason, just shoot me a quick email and we can figure something else out.
I am looking forward to meeting you very much! And may the Lord receive glory and praise through it all!
In His Grace,
I hadn't even met him yet, but just through this beginning correspondence, I found myself impressed. Nathan seemed to be a young man with a great sense of humor, a consideration for others, and a way of speaking affirming words that truly edified. With these observations, the hope that had been reawakened in my heart the other night continued to grow. Maybe, just maybe....
Coaching children during an AWANA game night.