A Call to Stand Apart


A Young Adult’s Encounter with Ellen White ... on Relationships

It was my junior year in college when the love of my life told me that he no longer cared for me. My heart broke. I was certain no one had ever hurt as I did, and no one ever would again. I was still ill from a recent hospitalization and struggling with grades and career choice. God seemed far away. AC 71.1

One night, in total discouragement, I sat at my desk, ready to cry, when my hand, resting on my throat, felt the steady pulse of my heart. Instantly a favorite quote from Ellen White came to mind: “Every breath, every pulsation of the heart, is an evidence of the all-pervading care of Him in whom ‘we live and move and have our being.’” Acts 17:28.82Patriarchs and Prophets, 115. AC 71.2

For a moment I sat in awe, feeling my pulse and hearing “I love you, I love you, I love you” whispered beneath my fingers from the God of the universe, knowing I was loved. AC 71.3

My sweetheart didn’t come back, and I still struggled with my health, but I knew, overwhelmingly, that at least I did not face these things alone. AC 71.4

Anne, age 30 AC 71.5