Just for a Moment...
I was back at school, and felt that old familiar pain.
The list is long, full of wonderful people. Sometimes I find myself looking back and thinking about them. Back in high school, remembering all the different girls I dated… Sara Week (My first kiss, under a cedar tree on the golf course), Sherri Barnett, Elizabeth Smith, Darshan Wilson (I was a freshman, she was the senior drum major), Kimberly Everson (worked together before and after dating), Adreinne Lehr, Ann Mitteis (my basketball partner, one great summer), Sara Carroll (My reindeer buddy), and Veronica Harkins (the serious one). I have great memories of each and every one of them… But they are not who I was meant to be with.
The truth of the matter is, I didn’t ever think I would be able to be married. Could I see myself with only one person? Yes… I was cheated on once, and swore I would never make anyone else feel that bad. Monogamous was my middle name. Could I be with only one person forever? That was something that scared me. Until GOD led me to Sandy.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Sandy actually started as a tag-a-long. I had met some other girls my first week of college and went to ask them to join my roommate and me for some ice cream at the local pizza place. Sandy was in one of their rooms, so I invited her as well. I remember the meeting like it was yesterday. Here’s how the conversation went…
Me: Do you wanna come with?
Sandy: No thank you.
Sandy: I have to call my parents at 9 o’clock.
Me: Will you come with if I promise to have you back in time to call your parents?
Okay, so those might not be all the exact words, but that’s how it occurs in my memories. It was a fun night. She didn’t finish the ice cream I bought for her, so I got the left-overs. And yes, I did make sure she was back in time to call her parents. And this was the beginning of the greatest romance of my life. I live every day thanking GOD for that chance meeting. She could have easily been her room, or in the commons area, but there she was, right where I needed her to be…
“Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or favor to the skillful; rather, time and CHANCE happen to all of them.”
The images in this blog are all from Park College. Where we met. Where I fell in love. Where I finally learned that being married to someone wasn’t scary, it was a blessing from GOD. Merry Christmas Dear… thank you for changing my view on marriage, and showing me what GOD meant for it to be.
“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”
Song: Same Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg
Building Information from the Park Alumni Publication:
“The Old, The New and Whatever Happened to…”