First Impressions…

4th year with “the ITC guy”

Long, long ago, in a land called Charlottesville, my parents and I braved the 95 degree Virginia heat and prepared to move my young, impressionable, 18-year-old self into my dorm at UVA.  The day was full of meeting tons of girls on my hall, as I quickly tried to examine the girls who would quickly become my future bffs, roomies, and bridesmaids.

As we unpacked my new computer, perfectly coordinated bedspread, and I began to hang all the pre-selected pictures of my high school friends on the wall to show how much “fun” I was, there was another dorm resident who came knocking…”Bernie the ITC guy.”

My mom and I both remember meeting him that first day.  He came to the door, politely introduced himself and said if we had any computer concerns or questions, to feel free to contact him.  My initial reaction?  Umm…kind of a dork, but thanks for the help!

As the year went on, we became friends, and it turned out he wasn’t as dorky as I originally thought.  In fact, he was kind of a genius…not only because he could fix any computer issue, but because he got paid to meet every single girl in our dorm.

Most of you know what happens…after four years of college, I went on to date and eventually marry “the ITC guy” that I met on move-in day all those years ago.

This past Saturday, I watched in amazement as B successfully took apart and then reassembled my broken computer that had been broken for over a month.  Once again, I was reminded of why marrying the ITC guy has its perks and thought, “What if, after our initial meeting, I had completely written him off?”

Not only would I have missed out on the love of my life, but I also would have missed out on free computer repairs for life!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my first impression of people or even ideas can be so incredibly wrong.  I can be quick to shut things down because I don’t like them, I’m afraid of them, or I’m not willing to open up my eyes to see beyond what’s right in front of me, and how it could fit into a bigger picture.

But in doing so, we risk the potential of missing out on so much!

That’s why it’s so important that as we move throughout our days, we remain tightly plugged into God and allow Him to lead, guide, and direct our days.  And before we write things off, we pause to ask Him what He thinks about it.  We need to remember to be open and willing to see where and how He might be directing us and what crazy ideas or people He might be bringing into our lives.

I can just imagine how much God must have laughed the day I met B…thinking, “Not so fast, Elizabeth…you don’t know it yet, but you just met your husband!”

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
    along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
    and make the rough places smooth. 
These are the things I will do;
    I will not forsake them.
Isaiah 42:16