Moving into the New Year of 2014 many promises
were being made and many promises were coming from various sources
indicating that 2014 was to be an extraordinary year. Little did I
realize the impact and truth of that statement on my life.
Earlier in the year 2013 I had the gracious
privilege of meeting 2 very special people that would become more
important in my life than I could imagine. First of all I met Genii
Townsend and was very drawn to her and her work. Then I met
Charles, Genii’s business partner and I could see the bigger picture
and how they worked together to accomplish just what Spirit desired,
but at that time, I had no idea of how that would change my life.
After a few months I felt a very strong urging to
move to Sedona, where Genii and Charles reside, and I thought
I had already made the last move of my life. Well, Spirit seemed to
have other plans and before long I was checking into selling my home
in Tucson and making plans to move to Sedona. Not only did they not
have native palm trees in Sedona (I vowed years earlier I would
never live anywhere where palm trees did not grow!) but they also
had SNOW!!! of all things (only occasionally, thank goodness).
If Spirit was sending me somewhere else after I felt I was retired
and had my life settled, couldn’t it be somewhere where the climate
is always warm? Nevertheless, by December I found myself
finalizing the moving plans to Sedona and relocating.
Still thinking, since I had semi-retired, I did
not expect life to be very exciting. Boy was I wrong again! I
barely got resettled and upon returning from a Christmas trip to
Houston to visit my son & family for Christmas, I was invited to
accompany Genii to Phoenix for a book signing and special service
that Joel Osteen was offering. That was the beginning.
While in Houston for Christmas, I dropped off
Genii’s book, SOMETHING’S COMING, at Joel Osteen’s offices
one afternoon. He was traveling so I was not able to present it in
Now it is January 1, 2014. I had arrived back
in Sedona about midnight and the next day (Jan 2nd, not
even unpacked yet) Genii and I are headed for Phoenix to Joel
Osteen’s signing of his new book, BREAK OUT, and a special
service by him on the 3rd. Genii also brought along her
marionette of Joel as a special gift for him along with another copy
of her book determined to place these precious objects in his hands,
but neither of us having a clue as to how this would occur. Genii’s
marionettes are very life like and take up to 8 weeks in a labor of
love to make from start to finish – no small task. But, after all,
Spirit had directed that Joel Osteen receive a copy of her book
explaining that it was in his DNA and he needed to have a copy, so
off we go trusting Spirit to direct – and direct Spirit did.
First of all Charles had called the manager of
the Barnes and Noble bookstore informing him we were coming and
told him about our precious cargo for Joel. The manager graciously
put us near the front of the line, so as not to have to wait so
long. Genii was allowed to display the precious marionette of Joel
in the front near his desk where he would be signing the books,
trusting Spirit to protect Joel’s marionette since it was rather
delicate. Then we waited.
About 30 minutes later Joel Osteen arrived with
his entourage, his smiling face shining out from the group, as he
takes his place at the table at the front of the line, which seemed
days ahead of us, and again we waited still not sure how we would
get Joel to acknowledge the marionette, realize its importance, and
spark his interest in the book, let alone get permission for a photo
with Genii and his marionette. Well, Spirit went to work again –
could we have expected anything less?
One of his entourage, Phil, was going through the
crowd greeting the people and when he arrived by us, we told him of
the importance of the marionette and the desire to get a picture.
His reply was not very encouraging telling us they do not do that
but they would, however, take the marionette back with them for
Joel. After telling Phil of the effort Genii made to present this
to him, Phil then said he would do what he could.
After a short time, he came back and informed us
that Joel agreed to a picture with Genii and the marionette (against
their normal protocol) after the signing if we could wait for an
hour or so. After all the effort made to get Joel’s attention on
the book, we certainly weren’t going to let a measly one more hour
get in the way. The hour passed quickly and we passed the time
blessing those still in line and Genii being admired for the
sparkles in her hair. That was a big hit. The picture was taken
with Joel and the marionette, and Genii, of course, and Spirit
informed us – “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”.
The next evening we enjoyed a live presentation
of Rev. Joel Osteen and his singing group with his wonderful
messages of FAITH, UPLIFTMENT, and GOD POWER.
And this is only the beginning -- IMAGINE
THAT!!!!! Stay tuned in for more updates to the Light Center
extension as they occur.
Rev. Diana Runge
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