Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Copper Pot, Part Two

So, we knew what we wanted to do, and God was beginning to show us each step to take along the way. We spent a lot of time researching and testing out ideas to figure out exactly what we want. One of the steps we took was to go see a friend of ours who is the manager of a local bank. Among a great deal of good advice he gave us, he said two things that seemed unlikely to us. One -- we needed to find a coffeehouse in a downtown location like ours, with a traffic flow like what we expected. Then we'd need to interview the owners to see what it's really like. Two -- it would really be nice to find some older fellow who'd been in the coffee business and was retiring who would sell us all his equipment to us second-hand. Our friend said that with a little laugh.

Well, not long after that on a Saturday morning, we went up to visit Jeff's parents. They had told us about a coffee shop in Hartwell, so when we all went out to lunch we decided we'd stop by. We drove by the coffee shop, The Green Bean, on the way but we were hungry and decided to eat first. After lunch Jeff and I were anxious to get to the coffee shop, but Ken needed to go by Wal-Mart for a prescription. Anyway, we eventually arrived and Cheryl stayed in the car while Jeff and Ken and I went inside to look around. We liked what we saw immediately! After a bit, Ken went back out to the car only to come back in a few minutes later. An older couple had come in, and Ken drew Jeff's attention to them. Meanwhile, I was talking already with the owners of the coffeehouse, a young couple named Logan and Erin. I heard Ken telling Jeff that the man who had come in was the one who had recently purchased Jeff's Volkswagen Beetle. (Ken had the car at their house and handled the sale of it for Jeff.) So, Jeff went over to talk to him about it. Logan looked funny and asked me if we knew the man. I explained about the Volkswagen and Logan said, "That's the guy that roasts our coffee. He provides us with all our coffee beans here." Isn't God amazing?!

I love how God has orchestrated events in a way that we never could have! I'll share the rest of the story soon ...

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