Sunday, May 8, 2011

Our Love Story—A Man Like That

I went to Ekklessia for the first time that next Wednesday night. I was certain I’d found the group of friends that I wanted to spend time with. And if they all hung out together at church on Wednesday nights, that’s where I would be too.

The evening started off with praise and worship then moved into a teaching time. Rob, the college group leader spoke as usual that night. He spoke with such vigor, conviction and passion that I found myself absolutely lost in his words. He made the word of God come alive in a way I’d never experienced it before.

I suddenly found myself emotionally conflicted. I realized then and there that I wanted to marry a man that loved God so much that he wanted to serve him with his whole life. I wanted to marry a man whose love for God was as evident as it was in this man standing before me preaching from God’s word.

Never in a million years did I conceive of it actually being this man, because I still assumed he was taken. But I knew for certain that it wasn’t the boyfriend I had waiting back at home.

I took a trip to St. Helens that weekend where my boyfriend and I ended our nearly year long relationship. It was more or less mutual so it was fairly painless. A few tears were shed, but mostly over the inevitable loss of the friendship we’d developed more than the loss of the romantic relationship that we’d been hanging onto.  

I drove back to campus that Sunday night with a new lease on life. I was young. I was single and I was beginning to sense God’s direction for my life a little more clearly each and every day. And—I’ll be honest, now that I knew things were finished for good with the guy back home, I was anxiously awaiting what God would have in store for me in the romance department on this campus full of amazing people.

I had no idea at the time that I wouldn’t have to wait very long for the answer, nor did I even begin to fathom that the man who unknowingly convinced me to finally sever ties with my long-term boyfriend might soon actually take an interest in me!

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