Finding a Soulmate
Johannes Adendorff, the author of A Different Plan, remembers how it felt to meet his wife after years of praying for God to send a soulmate his way.
It had been years since I’d first prayed to God for a good relationship. Now, living in Germany, I was readier than ever to find a special someone—so much so that even my pastor noticed.
“You need a wife,” he said plainly.
I couldn’t deny his words. Many times, I found myself alone and crying. After years of being single, my heart was vulnerable and ready for someone new.
Thankfully, I wouldn’t have to wait much longer. Within the next few months, the pastor introduced three newcomers to the church as he always did. As I walked over to greet them, I met Birgit.
Birgit was from Germany, and I soon became a part of her friend group. One evening, she admitted that she liked me as more than a friend—which was exactly what I was hoping for, because I liked her too.
But doubts filled my mind. Was this truly what Jesus wanted for us?
“I think we should pray about it,” I suggested, and Birgit agreed.
We went in separate rooms and let the hours drag on as we opened our hearts to God. As much as I wanted God to tell me what to do, I didn’t feel anything—no sign that Birgit was the wife God had promised me years ago. When I told Birgit this, she sent me home, as frustrated as I was about this situation.
Still, I couldn’t move forward unless I knew our relationship was God’s promise fulfilled.
It took two days of prayer, but the Lord finally spoke to me. I was meant to marry Birgit. She was the one God had promised. When I called her up, she was as happy as me about the decision. We worked together through our church’s marriage preparation course, learning more about each other and what it would take to maintain a marriage.
I couldn’t wait.
A few months later, I helped Birgit pick out her wedding dress. The second I saw her dress on the rack, I knew it was the one for her. As she tried on gown after gown, I kept shaking my head. “This one,” I said. “It’s your perfect wedding dress.”
She tried it on and wasn’t sure, but soon everyone in the store was chiming in. “It’s made for you,” another customer told Birgit.
When we finally paid for the dress, I couldn’t help but grin. God had blessed this union.
A former military man and professional skydiver, Johannes Adendorff shares his experiences of overcoming adversity in his memoir, A Different Plan. After years of life in the skies, Adendorff commits his time to spreading God’s message and encouraging others to live for Jesus Christ. You can contact Johannes here.