The second Christmas has passed and I have mixed emotions. Yesterday, I had many reminders of where I was emotionally one year ago. That time was very raw and painful. This year, there was a respectful awareness, but I had some joy and happiness, at the same time.
I think the joy and happiness was due to the Lord continuing to work in my life and to graciously bless me in at least two ways: First, in “Good Tidings of Great Joy“, I described re-focusing on the true subject of why we celebrate Christmas. Secondly, in “Trust and Obey“, I mentioned I had gone on a date with a lovely woman. We have since gone out a couple of more times and have spent hours on “phone dates”.
I like this lady. She is intelligent, attractive, and very easy to be with. I think of her often and like hearing her voice and her laugh.
But we believe, if God is in this, we need to do it His way, which is, partially, taking things slowly (I am writing to myself here) and to build a relationship upon a firm foundation, not just throw up a tent (metaphorically speaking).
I was reminded this morning, of watching buildings go up. It seems like the primary and secondary framing goes up quickly, but as the other trades come in to do their work, which is not as obvious to the casual observer, it seems to slow down.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 NASB
In the same way, there are so many things to be discussed and thought through about our lives that will have an effect on each of us. Not bad things, but things that will resolve themselves as time goes on. And that means not disregarding God’s timing.
During this time, we will get to know one another, to learn to trust one another, to respect one another, and to pray for one another, and if the Lord says the same, to love one another.
I thought of Genesis 2:18. The Lord was kind to me to allow Terrie to be my helper for so many years. I see His continued kindness to me in this lady. We need to make sure; we are suitable for one another. It would be wonderful to walk, hand in hand, into the sunset together. Lord, may thy will be done!