Tuesday, August 15, 2006

God has a Funny Bone

We have talked quite a bit about God's mysterious ways of late. God also has a sense of humor. How else do you explain the giraffe, the platypus, the kangaroo?

Saturday evening we attended a beautiful wedding reception. The wedding was held in the bride's location, and most of the church people were not able to attend. The groom was a part of our body of Christ since he was born - a fine, Christian young man. I remember hosting his baby shower and making his cakes - a teddy bear and a giraffe, if my memory serves me correctly. I was so creative in those days. On another subject, my most oft uttered phrase these days seems to be, "I used to . . ."

The groom went to college about 6 years ago, seriously dating a beautiful girl he'd met in high school and had brought to youth group. The young lady became an inspirational Christian and it was a joy to watch her growth in God. They went to separate colleges for the first year, but couldn't take the separation, so she joined him at his school for their sophomore year. The summer after their junior year, to everyone's shock and sadness, they broke up. She went back to school, met another great young guy, got married . . .

The young man got a job back in the Midwest where he went to school, bought a house, rented rooms to college friends, and seemed to be happily settled as a young bachelor. He came home during college spring break, to spend the time in the mountains at his family's cabin. His cousin brought a friend with her, and each of his brothers had brought friends, so there was a great group of young adults up there having a great time. They took off one morning on their four-wheelers in fresh new, beautiful spring snow. The cousin and her friend were on the vehicle ahead of the young man. The friend was on a tube. She fell off the tube just as the young man turned around to look behind him. He did not see her fall off the tube and land in the soft, deep snow. He drove right over her! Amazingly, she was protected by the deep snow from any injury. She had an angel riding with her that day.

The young man and the young woman had not really become acquainted yet, because there were so many kids. But soon after this incident, he took her for a ride in the family plane and they began and long, getting-acquainted conversation. At the end of the vacation, they headed in opposite directions to their careers, never to be the same!

The young man became very dissatisfied with his job, resigned, put his house up for sale, and headed back west. He moved to the town where she lived so that they could become better acquainted. As you can imagine, they soon became engaged and began planning their wedding.

I really had a strong feeling that this would happen and imagined the great story they could someday tell their children. I just learned this week-end that the cousin who brought her friend to this gathering had been praying for several years that these two young people would meet. She just KNEW they were right for each other. God answered her prayers - and in such an amazing way! The picture of the bride and her bridesmaids jumping with joy in the air said it all - the friend/cousin who introduced them had the most glorious smile on her face. Now she and her best friend are cousins!

God's mysterious ways!

15 comments:

Grafted Branch said...

Great story! Can you imagine? "Yeah, kids, you're mom fell in love with me after I ran her over!"

kpjara said...

What a wonderful story! You are a gift storyteller BTW! Thank you for this picture.

Kristen said...

It is going to be a great story for them to tell their children someday. They seem to be a great couple

Nikkie said...

That is a wonderful story! Their children will love it!

Diane said...

Dang, He's good, ain't He? ;-)

Good writing, Dawn. :-)

Maine Mom said...

What a neat story! I'm so glad she wasn't hurt when she got run over!!!

Sherry said...

they are a funny couple-so great together

Barb said...

Good grief! What a beautiful love story. I'd love to see that photo of the girls all jumping in the air. This is exactly how I feel about my daughters coming marriage. I've prayed for three years this would happen because I knew in my soul they were absolutely right for each other. You're a great story teller, Dawn.

Code Yellow Mom said...

Awesome story!

Brenda said...

It is a great story, and you tell it well, Dawn. God is amazing, and yes, I believe He do have a funny bone.

theresa said...

Awwww, that is so great.... I love stories like that.

MugwumpMom said...

That was a great story. You tell it well too!
Romance...ain't it grand!

Jessica said...

What a neat story! :) That should be a story that they can always share with others!

Maggie Ann said...

Isn't that sweet!!

Karla said...

That's such a neat story. :)