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29) Irene Ines
We were in Paris. Yes, Paris, France with grand plans for the week. We were overseas for the London photographers trade show for Color Inc. We always like to see what the European photographers are doing. And we decided as long as we were that close – couldn’t we just spend a couple extra days in Paris as well?
We were going to eat at yummy french restaurants, see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre, drink coffee at cute little cafes, sit around and eat fabulous pastries at 3:00 on a weekday afternoon.
We got checked in to our hotel and proceeded out on our first adventure. We ate the best omelets and saw Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Shopped a little. We had fun, but there was an underlying feeling through the whole day that something was off. Something wasn’t quite right and we didn’t know what it was.
We went to bed and almost immediately said to each other – do you have a weird feeling? Like we shouldn’t be here? Both of us answered yes. We sat up and said – let’s go. Home? Yes home – we need to get home. I called my mom – to see if everything was okay there. Tim called the airline. Everything was fine, kids were great. No worries. So long story short we left in the middle of the night and took the next flight out in the morning because of an overwhelming and unexplained feeling we were not in the right place.
We had no idea what God was trying to tell us. We still don’t. All we did was obey that feeling, that nudge, that voice in your spirit that said Go home. This is not the right time for you to be here.
We were in Paris for a total of 12 hours.
That’s the short story – it would be crazy to tell you all the details of the red flags we set off at the airport the next morning by leaving in the middle of the night, but they involved a team of French airport police not taking their eyes off of us, bomb sniffing dogs waiting when we got off the plane. (Oh wait, maybe they just wanted the salami and french cheese stuffed in our suitcase that we didn’t have a chance to eat!)
What does all this have to do with Behind the Design of Two are Better than One?
I sketched Two are Better than One on the plane ride home.
Our plan for the day was to gallivant around Paris eating at Laduree and shopping, shopping, shopping. A fabulous plan right? However, as He always does – God had a better plan.
I was in the middle of a Bible study and that verse jumped right out at me. I immediately sketched it out and then thought, Wouldn’t that be so cute with two birds on the print?
We still have no idea exactly why we felt like we needed to get home. We may never know, and that’s okay. And God may very well have given me the inspiration to create Two are Better than One at another time. But I do know that day had I followed my own plan, I would not have had nine hours of uninterrupted time on the airplane to study the Word and sketch out designs and Two are Better than One would not have been so divinely inspired.
By: Dee, Red Letter Words
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