God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
Can you believe how many of them there are this time of year?
Today is an interesting date: 05-05-05!
Why does this remind me of weddings? Back in '77 my sister encouraged my ex-husband and I to get married on a weeknight so that we could have a wedding date 7-7-77. I've never forgotten that lost opportunity - but we stuck with 7-9-77, a Saturday wedding that was 'normal' instead. What a pity.
My youngest son marries his high school sweetheart at 7:00 pm exactly one week from tomorrow. My youngest son.
I'm doing a lot of recalling lately... You know
1st lost tooth
Trombone - 2 Trombones - 3 Trombones
Shoes...Bigger Shoes...Bigger Shoes...Biggest Shoes in the house
Calling her after she accepted Christ as her Savior to ask her out on a date (because I wasn't OK with him discipling her) ...
(((exact dialogue: or at least pretty close thereabouts!
"Mom, I've really been thinking about it, and praying about it. And I think that it would be a really good idea if I discipled _____! You know she's just become a Christian. And well, I think that since I've got her in my math class, well, I think that it would really be a good idea for me to do that. What do you think?"
"I DON'T Think so."
What follows? A look of total dejection from 17 year old young man in mom's bedroom red chair - shocked and a bit shaken at mom's response.
"Oh come on. You know that sooner or later you would dissappoint her and then she wouldn't be mad at you... She'd be mad at GOD! If you really want her to be discipled then think about asking a girl to disciple her. It is never a wise idea to disciple the opposite sex."
"Ohhh..." completely set back.
"Now, if you want to date the girl...Call her up and ask her out!"
And there you have it. Courtship of two of the most incredible young people that I have ever known in all of my life. A courtship that glorifies God. Others have observed them from afar and said that they wished for a relationship as healthy.
They have given each other room to breath, to grow, to stumble, to question, to be angry, to be sad, to be happy, to be apart, to be together, to be faithful, to be pure and chaste, to be real, to be silly. They have taken long walks when the money was tight, watched the sun go down on the front lawn, laughed a lot and cried when necessary. They have made a concerted effort to keep their friends as friends and not block them out of their lives - trying not to become tunnel visioned in their own relationship. They have talked until my son had no more words in him (sometimes that was only 5 minutes - lately it is hours). They have desired to serve God together. They have encouraged each other to have boundaries with their friends, their families, and each other. WOW! What a celebration we will have in one week. Five years after that first phone call!
Humm it is no longer 05-05-05! This day has ended and I am thankful to God for the wonder of my son, my to-be-daughter-in-law and my other 2 children that are encouraging and gracious as their only little brother walks down the aisle into this love of his life. May they be blessed to be a blessing - May God be glorified to all the nations in this blessed covenant - and May we all enjoy a great big party in 7 days!
And may nothing about this day be 'normal' - adventurous yes - normal never!
Because He IS the I AM, i am
a mutating missionary
Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Friday, May 06, 2005
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