The Whisper Within

" Believing that God powers strange coincidences and the journey that lies ahead."

Can you wait for change or should you ?


Kipper, looks back at me as if to say,”Come on. Time for the beach.”

She knows the afternoon routine and doesn’t want to wait. Within minutes, my companion is buckled to my left and my Jeep is in drive but then a oil change light illuminated.

My eyes shifted to my left. Jiffy Lube.

Sorry, Kipper. The Beach can wait.”

I pull in Jiffy Lube.Hand the attendant my keys, and Kipper and I walk to a grassy area nearby.

A few minutes pass and a young man joins us.

“Nice looking dog .What kind is it?”

“German Shorthaired Pointer.”

“It kinda reminds me of my girlfriend’s dog. She has a Weinheimer.”

“They’re cousins. Both hunting dogs.”

A baseball cap lowered, ” I am really gonna miss her dog.”

I studied the fresh face. “The dog or the girl?”

His head sunk.” Long distance relationships can work, can’t they?… I mean with FaceTime and texting …”

I sealed my lips in a soft smile.”Ya, it’s not like when I was your age. I had to write a letter and wait a week for HOPEFULLY a response.”

His chin raised. “Ya. It can work.”

He paused and I saw him studying my wrinkles as he asked,”…but what happens if our beliefs don’t match?”

I cocked my straw hat at the sky Really God, the faith question at Jiffy Lube?

I stared at the white eyes of his eyes. “What do you mean?”

“Well, I am a Christian and want to marry a Christian. She isn’t. Can she change?”

My mouth twitched.” Umm, truthfully I don’t want to influence you but I was married…Have two great kids, about your age, from the marriage but we didn’t share the faith.”

His eyes seemed to study my wrinkles further.” So you weren’t equally- yoked?”

He took off his cap and combed his fingers through his hair and shook his head in defeat.”We aren’t equally-yoked either.”

“I am sorry. I have been single for fifteen years. I am waiting for someone who shares my faith.”

He smirked.” Your Boaz.”

I giggled.” Yes, I’m waiting for my Boaz.”

He put his cap back on.” As you should.”

I walked away. An oil change? Or a call for change?

What about you? Are you waiting for change or should you ?

As for me,I will wait for the Whisper Within.

But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently.” Romans 8:25

Author: Lisa A. Riehm

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I have been single for the last twenty years raising my two beautiful children, Jake ( 26)and Tarah (25). I am a originally from Chicago but by listening to “The Whisper Within” I have recently moved to Southern California. I love to run, hike, bike, swim, and practice core yoga but have been sick for the last few years fighting Lyme disease. GOD will heal me but in the meantime, I choose to be happy and not settle for ordinary. I believe in the Fairytale, crave the butterflies, and surrender that God has the plan. Follow me on FB at The Whispers Within.

9 thoughts on “Can you wait for change or should you ?

  1. I had forgotten how much I like your blog 🙂

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  2. The hair on my arms stood up as I can picture you in this scene. I agree with your ideas and experiences, but what if the girl needs a nudge towards God and the boy is places in her life for that very reason? Should he stick around to see what Gods Plan is? Or quickly move on giving up a glimmer of hope for the girl he loves and will miss 😢 I’m always a glass 1/2 full and an extreme optimist. Now these two things can be considered naive and have not panned out for me in the past, but I truly love that about me and learned from what didn’t pan out or Gods Unanswered prayers. I just told my step daughter yesterday that my bumps and bruises and mistakes have shaped me into the person I am today. Which most days I happen to love ❤️ and I love you Lis and this blog!!

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  3. Aww geri so endearing to hear from you. Yes, but this is where prayer is important and he needs to ask God what he wants him to do.
    Not for me to tell him or judge; just encourage him to look up – and he is!
    Love you !


  4. “ equally yoked” VERY important!!!

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  5. Great thought-provoking post Lisa. I so love change! Life is a smorgasbord of adventure in this world – so many sites to see and people to meet! One can change their attitude, hair color or whatever and no one criticizes. It’s a matter of choice and by choosing that lifestyle, I’ll also miss out on lifelong neighborhood friendships. But then I remember all the people and sites I’ve seen! 🙂


  6. Nice story Lisa !

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