You ever feel like you’re so close to something BIG–something that you know God is leading you into and at the same time knowing it’s so much bigger than you currently realize–so close you can taste it, smell it, feel it? Yet nothing has physically changed (but it could at any time.) And there are things that have happened in the last few weeks that point to it, making it that much more obvious. Yet nothing has physically changed (but it could at any time)….
That’s where I am right now on this Journey north with you. The only other time I have been so sure of something involves my wife. So let me share that amazing story with you….
No One tells our story like she does! So I’ll just share my perspective on a few things. We met when I was 30 and she was 32. In an online chat room, when it was just beginning to happen (and even then we both had the common fear of only finding freaks, weirdos and perverts). We met in a Christian Singles Chat Room on the MSN website (it was only my second time in the chat room and I haven’t been back to it since). We “met” on Sunday night, May 27th 2001 at 10pm (and chatted until 4am the next morning); we then met face-to-face on June 6th (her birthday); we were engaged July 2nd; and we married October 6th! You might think that this moved pretty fast–and it did–but when you’ve been preparing for your soulmate since you were thirteen (which we both had been) and praying for him and her every day of your adult life, you’re pretty much ready for things to “move along”. (And because it’s part of our story–and almost unheard of nowadays–I also want you to know that we both remained virgins all those years of waiting and praying. That is a priceless gift we gave each other that no one will ever be able to take away and that eternally remains with us.)
So, with that being the timeline, let’s focus in on the time leading up to and just passed the wedding. My side of the family is from Michigan, my wife’s from Ohio. So both of our Moms took care of mailing out invitations for their respective sides, with the wedding taking place in Michigan. We had waited a long time for each other, and when you do that, there are a lot of people who you want to celebrate with! So we had a LOT of people invited to our wedding. But when the day came, the church sanctuary was maybe half-filled with all the people we had invited. (Why?) And then, for the next couple of months after the wedding day, we would encounter people we knew we had invited who would ask us, “Why didn’t you invite us to your wedding?” (The plot thickens, Watson…)
It was then that we found out some rather crucial information from my Mom: She mailed out the last batch of wedding invitations around September 10. The day before 9/11. So as a result, our wedding invitations were lost in the mail and, to the best of my knowledge, they have never been seen to this day! A rather unique aspect of our story, to be sure….