Wow. Thinking through all the adventures I've had since I last posted takes me through so many memories. So much has happened; where do I begin?
Shortly before Nationals in June a young man started to show interest in me. I was entirely unprepared and unsure of what to do with the wide range of emotions I was feeling. I was charting unknown territory. It was good, but it was unknown nonetheless.
I met him about five years ago through speech club, but had never really formed a friendship, or spent much time with him. Soon after Josh died in May my family started attending his church, and I grew closer to many people, including this young man and his family.
Through a comedy of errors, many tears, and much happiness, Aaron and I started our courtship on August fifth, his twenty-first birthday.
We have learned so much individually and together since then. God is so gracious! From a surprise Nerf attack and breakfast on my birthday, to roses and lots of coffee, poems and songs, dancing, reading the Bible, praying, singing, waiting out in the cold to see the Hobbit at midnight, snowshoeing, ice-skating, teasing on Christmas Eve and cooking... These have been the most beautiful five months of my life.
I was trying to think of how I could possibly boil it all down to one lesson, and I don't know if I'll be able to do that effectively, but I'll try.
Through being the recipient of a godly man's love for these months, and having him care for me in innumerable ways I have seen a shadow of what God's love for me looks like. I have seen a man giving me his love and energy and gentleness and care. I've seen him give and give and give and give, and while I try, there are times when I've been sick or feeling down and I cannot give back. I've been served when I've been unable to serve him.
He doesn't do this out of duty or necessity. He does it out of love that I could never deserve.
How very like our King! And this love that I am so in awe of is only a shadow of the sort of love God has for His people!
"How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge
in the shadow of your wings."
|Photo Credit: Gabrielle Photography|
It's good to be back. I'm not sure how often I'll be able to post, or what I'll be writing about, but it is a joy to write again. We'll see what the Lord does!
Blessings on you all!
Over and out,
P.S. Isn't he SO handsome?!