The first crossroad
She stopped me in my tracks. She was 14 the first time I saw her. She was 17 when I asked her to marry me. I had no idea what I had found. Sort of like Jed Clampet and his Texas Tea! How could I have ever guessed what she would mean to me over the years. What got my attention?
She was a Redhead!
Well I did tell my mom 3 years before I met Rita that I had decided that I would marry a redhead. My mom said, "Don't tell me, tell God!" Was that God's leading or was it the desire of my heart?
She was a lady!
Her mom and Dad had raised her to be a wife, mother and Christian lady. Her courtesy and respect showed every time she spoke. Me Tarzan you Miss Tactful! Her words are like Honey (unless you hurt her husband or her children then she can cause a Huracane!)
She was Strong in Spirit and Adventurous in following the will of God
She had already surrendered to serve God, though she did tell me straight out that she would not marry a preacher. Not rebellion but she had experienced some things in a church split. So I guess I was her first crossroad too. She changed her mind! Was it my good looks or ????? ?God?
She was Fearless, sorta!
She followed me to South America when she was barely 20 years old.
She followed me to the jungle even tho she was ______ and wiser.
She says she is scared to death of little planes that fly over the jungle, but she did it anyway. That is courage and proof of her love. (you should have seen her the day the engine turned off at 8000 feet!!!!!)
Because I loved her! and always will
God's will or the desire of my heart? Thank God it was Both!!!! But like the Bible says, if you Delight in Him HE will give you the desires of your heart!
These choices that I made about Rita being my wife affected everything. Following God we will have many choices and if we delight in Him, our hearts desire will be to follow Him and serve Him. Does God want us happy? or must we always suffer to be in His will. I am sure glad that Rita loved me first and decided to let me catch her! God worked it out 'cause he wants us to have an abundant life.