"Are you planning to be in Hartford any time soon? We have an opening we would like to bring you in and speak with you about"
In fact, I was planning a trip to Hartford for a bit of networking.
I only had one day free on my trip to spend there and the time was to be determined depending on the team's scheduled. I wouldn't find out until later exactly how many I would interview with and how long the sessions would be.
I flew in on a Monday and didn't have anything scheduled that afternoon. I wanted to, but was afraid if bad weather hit and my flights were delayed I would be a wreck. Instead I decided to have some me time. Take the time to spend alone and do what I wanted...without rushing.
I picked up my rental car and drove downtown to stake out the place I was going to on Tuesday. I hadn't been there before, unlike the other place which I had been to twice before. I easily found the parking lot, etc and then went on to the next stop.
I needed to go to the place where I first met God.
Long story, but when I was 20 years old I was running wild. During a trip east I drove myself to the southern part of Conn and visited this beach. It was empty that Saturday morning, in mid-October, and quite serene. It was there I came face to face with the realization I needed a Savior.
It was at the same beach, 10 years later, I had pictures done with my children.
I pulled in to the parking lot and was rather surprised to find a half dozen cars. I thought I was the only crazy one who would go to the beach in February.
I walked under the stone bridge and was not let down. The peace that I needed met me there.
I've been to this beach in the summer. Its not the same. There is the busy-ness of the crowd and the lack of space.
What I found on Monday was what I needed. An empty beach and the only noise was the noise of the seagulls chattering in the breeze.
I found that the ocean is more beautiful in the winter than it is in the summer.
I walked down to the edge of the water and walked a bit, then finding a spot on the rocks to just sit. And think. No rushing, no pressure. Just sit. And look.
I had a big week ahead of me. Decisions would be made that would be life-altering. This week could prove to be another letdown or it could be the catalyst that makes my dream come true. I needed time to sit and think and pray.
I found a bench and sat, closing my eyes in the sunshine. It was exactly what I needed and found refreshment in the salty-air.
I looked down at my watch and was surprised to see that almost an hour had passed. I had a dinner invitation and had about an hour drive. I needed to go, but had to peel myself away.
The next few days would prove to be amazing. Like a dream. I am speechless at some of the things that transpired.
I can't write too much. I've learned from the past that nothing is guaranteed.
But this time feels different.
Only time will tell.
(And if you can get to a New England beach in the winter time...GO! Nothing compares with the beauty.)