A few years ago, I was at church on Sunday morning when Linda came up to me and said, “I am going to have some friends visit tonight and I want you to meet them. A co-worker and her daughter will be here. Maybe you can be friends.” I said, “Well, it’s always good to make new friends.”


A few years ago, I was at church on Sunday morning when Linda came up to me and said, “I am going to have some friends visit tonight and I want you to meet them. A co-worker and her daughter will be here. Maybe you can be friends.” I said, “Well, it’s always good to make new friends.”
I was pretty sure this was another attempt to set me up. Not that I had been set up a lot, but there were times before that people had tried to set me up with a girl. I was pessimistic. But I stayed open-minded.
Lisa seemed to be a nice young lady and a group of us went out to eat after church. I visited with some other people at the restaurant, but when we all left, I just shook her hand and said, “It was nice to meet you.” I thought she was pretty and I had heard she was a good Christian girl, so I hoped she would come back and visit sometime. She tells me she knew from that time that I would be in her life somehow.
Things were moving along with ministry at the church and work. Ten days later, she called the church and asked me if I remembered her. I said, “Yeah. How are you doing?” I asked her if she wanted to go to lunch that Saturday, so we met for lunch. I said I hoped she would visit the church again and we could go out to eat dinner. We spoke on the phone several times and decided to become friends. We both had our hurts and joys from the past. We went out four or five nights a week.
After a few weeks, I felt closer to Lisa and wanted to date her. I prayed about it and decided this was the right thing. We went to dinner, I asked her to be my girlfriend, and she said “yes” with a gleam in her eye. She soon joined our church and we dated. We went to dinner, shopping and sightseeing. After a few months, we had spent lots of time together, prayed together and talked about our future. On her birthday, I asked her to marry me and she said yes. We were married later in the year and have been married now for nearly three years. God brought us both what we needed at just the right time.
We have always liked the verse that says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). It has been a Bible promise to us that God does not want to do us wrong and that we have his assurance of a future, if we will follow him. This begins with a right relationship to God. We both know that we have been saved and have a new life in Christ. We also know that God wants to bless our marriage. We appreciate your prayers for us. We pray for guidance in many areas of life.
If you have been blessed with marriage, don’t take it for granted. If you are not yet married or are no longer married, let that be a time of love and service to God. You will experience great joy in spending time serving God; you might even meet someone special who could actually be a good marriage partner. Marriage should be a place of love, safety and respect. There should be forgiveness, communication and fun. Most of all, it should reflect Christ’s relationship with the church. Christ gave himself for the church and the church can respond with love and faithfulness to him. Marriage is a blessing. I encourage you to stop and say thanks to God for this great relationship.