Spending three years at a school in Portland, Oregon was such a wonderful experience. I enjoyed and loved so many things about Portland; there are coffee shops on every corner, lots and lots of trees and beautiful mountains, you can walk practically anywhere because everything is so close together, there are all kinds of crazy people with bikes higher than buildings, strange and unknowingly facial hair, eclectic styles, food carts open until 2am, and an appreciation for all kinds of music. I also loved the small community I had within the college I attended.
At this point in my life I had one year left of school before I graduated with my Bachelors in Worship Arts. My plan after school was to stay in Portland, live in an apartment with a few friends, find a job, and drink cups and cups of coffee. I loved the independence I had in Portland. I loved that people accepted me for who I was today, they didn’t know my past or where I came from. I loved my friends, my professors, and my ministry.
I came home to Texas the summer before my last year of school. The Crosspoint singles ministry was something I was involved in. I played volleyball on Sunday nights, met Drew there and continued to see him at other singles activities. At that time I honestly didn’t see anything in Drew and one of the girls in the singles group actually told me he was prideful. Prideful was something I was definitely not attracted to so I crossed Drew off the list of guys I might be interested in.
Drew worked with my brother for a couple years at Sweet Leaf and my Dad was his prayer partner. Drew asked to come over and cook for my family. I didn’t see any harm in getting a free cooked meal and him hanging out with my family, nothing serious. We had known each other for about three weeks at this point and Drew decided to tell me we were going to get married. I think I almost laughed in his face because I thought it was ridiculous. Drew didn’t know me, how could he say we were going to get married? Besides I had other plans and they didn’t involve getting married.
I went back to school that August to finish up my last year of school. Drew and I would talk on the phone and Skype, but I could only manage to say that I liked Drew. We weren’t dating and definitely NOT getting married. Drew came to visit me in October and my friend convinced me to admit we were dating, because we practically were. When Drew came it was honestly somewhat of a disaster when we were alone. Drew was great when we were with my friends, but when we were alone all he could muster up to say was “I think about you all the time.” That’s great and all but if he wanted to marry me he had better come up with something better than that.
After that trip we sought out God separately and prayed about our relationship. After that things started to slowly change. God revealed things about Drew that I didn’t acknowledge or notice before. I saw how big of a heart Drew had for God, sharing the gospel, children and youth, and even for me. Drew opened up to me more and we had real and meaningful conversations. By that Christmas I knew that Drew was the man I was going to marry. All my previous plans were thrown out into the water. I decided I was going to move back to Texas after school to be with the man I had been praying for since I was a young girl. Some of my mentors tried to talk me out of it or questioned my rationality, but I had complete peace about my decision.
I am so thankful that God gave me a man that waited for me. He waited for me even in my stubbornness and selfishness. I am so blessed to now be married to this great man. God amazes me with His perfect planning and patience. I followed God’s plan for my life and he has done so many incredible things through my relationship with Drew and even outside of it. I have grown so much in my faith and trust in the Lord. I hope you to do the same in any area of life that God is directing you in. God’s plans are exceedingly better than my plans.
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6