Love stories……the real kind.

Sappy movies, cheesey romances, obsession-based novels…………blech.  Seriously? It’s not real. Sorry to burst your bubbles ladies but none of that stuff is even close to reality!

Welcome to Little Juan’s story time!! You will love these! Trust me.  And they’re true!!

The first story IS the FIRST story!  Adam and Eve.  Now consider this…you’re a man, all alone, always have been.  You don’t know what it’s like to have a mom, dad, siblings or friends other than animals…..and God.  So, you’re lonely.  It is the heartbeat of all humans~ to love and be loved.  And so God, in His great wisdom actually MAKES a woman perfect for you.  Someday I will talk with Eve in Heaven! What must it have been like for her to suddenly appear and be plopped into the lap(so to speak) or her husband~ her one true love?  Think about the beauty of this story~ the were CREATED for each other and no one else.  Eve, having no one to mentor her, no mother, no sisters, no mid-wife, then gave birth to several children.  We don’t really know how many…we just know that there were lots as the daughters would have had to be the wives of her sons(I know, it’s a little weird, but remember, there was a clean family tree here…no other fish in the sea!).   Adam lived to be 930 years and we don’t know how old Eve was but I would imagine she lived hundreds of years.    A man and a woman, made for each other~ charting the way for the rest of humanity.   It is a love story for the ages.

So, does this mean that there is only ONE person out there for any of us to marry? No, I don’t believe that at all.  But I do believe God knows who we SHOULD marry and ultimately He knows who we WILL marry.  The rest is up to us…with God’s help..how our love stories will play out.

Here’s another true story..much more recent.  I will change their names but you may recognize some of the details.

I know of a couple,  Chip and Tina.(hee hee).  Both of these young people grew up with a strong faith in the Lord.  Their one desire all of their lives was to follow Him and do His will.  Each of them, provinces apart, prayed that God would lead them one day to the man/woman that they were to marry.  In the mean time, they both attended post-secondary schools.  They both got into ministry and they both moved from their home provinces to other provinces. Looking back, I’m sure it would be hard to imagine how they ever could have met or come together as a couple.  But God had a plan.

As a side note~ patience takes time.  Redundant? Perhaps.  But it does.  Sometimes, while waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right we get impatient trying to make things happen faster.  But patience yields its own rewards.

Back to Chip~ He was getting older.  And with age came the longing for someone to share his life with.  He prayed and although I’m sure he was getting anxious He also trusted God’s plan.    Meanwhile, Tina was praying too.  But Tina was praying that the Lord would allow her to wait till after university to find that guy.  She knew this was important and wanted to focus all of her attention on her studies.    Meanwhile, both were spending time ministering in the summers at camps and various churches.  Incidentally, they had common friends because of these camps.  The friends could see that these two had many similarities and there was a plan being formulated to have them meet.

Unfortunately(or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), for 4 years Chip only heard about a girl named Tina but never met her.  And Tina likewise heard about this guy named Chip but they were never in the same province, area or camp at the same time.   4 years!!

The seed had been planted and Chip was praying.  He believed that the God who created Eve for Adam could also have made a woman perfectly suited to him.  He also believed that that woman was Tina.  And he never had met her.

Finally, the time came.  It was August and Chip and Tina miraculously were working at the same camp in the foothills of the Rockies.   They knew the other would be there.  And having only heard of the other person, never even seeing photos, I’m sure they were nervous.  It took 3 days of being on staff and only casually walking by each other before Chip could handle it no longer.  He stopped Tina on the way out of chapel one day and said, “If I don’t talk to you it’s going to kill me.”    But there was no time to talk. Because of their duties their schedules actually conflicted.  They made an “appointment” to talk after fireside that night.  And so they did…for a couple of hours.

The next night, they continued the conversation~ this time till into the wee hours of the morning.  Oh dear, something was happening.

The next night, same thing only they stayed up till 6 a.m. talking.

3 nights of talking~ Chip drove Tina to the airport the next day.  But before the flight he made one quick stop, to meet his parents.  Yes!! Crazy, I know! 3 days, 1 introduction to parents and that is how their love story came into reality.

They didn’t see each other for 2 more months.  And then, only for a quick weekend.  The next meeting was a month later at a youth retreat where once again they had very little time to talk. They had one more weekend near Christmas and that’s all that Chip needed.  Well, he had been ready for months but now he knew.  This was his bride.  It was only a couple of days following New Years’ when Chip asked Tina to marry him. Of course she said yes!!

They would not be together again for several more months as she finished out her schooling. At the end of June, Tina moved to Chip’s city. They planned their wedding and were married less than a couple months later…not even one year from when they first met.

Today, they’re the happiest married couple I know! Over 10 years have passed, 2 babies, many moves and all sorts of adventures. Chip and Tina are honeymooners every day of their married lives. All because they were led by God, passionate about serving him,  not pressured to date and patient.

Love is PATIENT

You want to have the marriage of your dreams? You want a real love, not a Hollywood romance?   Wait.  God has the perfect person in mind for you.  Even if you wait until all of your friends are married and having kids, still wait.   You may be 18 or you may be 38, if God and you together are focussed on the same things, He WILL give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:

Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;

 

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