Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"On Fire": The Right Thing at the Right Time Is a GOD THING


"He told them, 'You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit.'"---Acts 1:7(Message)

Yeah. Well.

Some of y'all will probably be tempted to freak out after reading an article that I checked out this morning (LOL) but personally, I found it to be extremely endearing and a testament to the fact that when it comes to marriage, it really is better to wait until it's right than to rush into a relationship (just ask all of the children who come from broken homes-Malachi 2:15-16-NCV). Marriage is not to be some race against the clock. Or your hormones. Or your insecurities and fears. Covenant is about two *whole* people coming together (James 1:4) to display a human example of how the Godhead operates (I John 3:8), to help one another further fulfill their purpose (Psalm 20:4) and to be an example of what real love is. Until death (DEATH) parts them.

That said, yes. I do think that the article entitled "N.B. Couple Makes It to Altar 75 Years After First Kiss" is extraordinary and needed to be shared.

Carol Harris and George Raynes got married on the weekend, 75 years after their first kiss.

A man and woman from Saint John married on the weekend, 75 years after their first kiss.

George Raynes and Carol Harris, both 83, have known each other since they were in Grade 1, in 1936. In Grade 3, they played the lead roles in their class production of Sleeping Beauty.

"I was sleeping beauty and he was my prince," Harris told CBC News.

Raynes says he wasn't supposed to actually kiss Harris during the play. "But the rascal that I was, I laid a big wet one on her. And she jumped up like a startled deer, you know," he said, chuckling at the memory. "And actually, so she's the first girl I ever kissed."

Raynes moved to Ontario after he graduated from high school, and later married and raised a family. But he kept in touch with Harris, who never married.

In June, months after his wife of 61 years died, Raynes drove to Saint John for what he called "a last look around."

"Thank goodness," said Harris, because the long-time friends soon fell in love and Raynes proposed on the deck of a romantic restaurant in Ontario.

"He will tell it differently than I. He will say he had sunstroke when he asked me," she said. "But he made an offer that he says I couldn't refuse, which was true actually.

"He suggested that we had had a great time and we had always been good friends and why don't we spend the rest of our lives together."

Harris didn't hesitate in saying, "Yes."

"I can't help but think … that my prince from Grade 3 has finally come home to stay. And I think it's just marvellous," she said.

Harris says Raynes came back into her life just as she had given up on the idea of ever tying the knot.

"There was a time when I thought I was going to be single forever," she said.

"When you get into your 80s and you're still alone, it begins to sink in that perhaps this is the way it's going to be until you pass away."

But the happy couple married on Saturday at the Lancaster Baptist Church in Saint John.

Words cannot express how often I hear women who are less than half of this woman's age already resigning that they will be single forever (according to statistics, 50 percent of marriages end in divorce if you get married before 25, by the way). For one thing, that sounds a lot like signs of being controlling and quite fearful. It's essentially saying "I'm afraid that I won't get what I want but what God wants for me and what if that's not a husband? What if he doesn't know what will make me truly happy?" Being that Psalm 84:11 tells us that God withholds *no good thing*, we all, myself included, have to make peace with what we don't have (yet) will not yet be good for us. And marriage is a good thing. It will come if/when it's a good thing for us. Besides...

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love."---I John 4:18(NKJV)

In the meantime, this story also reminds me that we don't allow God to surprise us nearly enough. Carol's husband came into her life *right* when she gave up the idea of getting married. When she thought she would be single forever. And yes, how precious that over the years, a friendship (a true friendship) was established and ultimately, she married the first man she ever kissed. Precious.

Moral to the story: Y'all probably can guess by now that one of my favorite Scriptures is Ecclesiastes 3:11(NKJV):

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."

God makes things beautiful in its time. 


George and Carol's *love story* is certainly a testament to that.

Romans 5:5 clearly tells us that hope does not disappoint and I Corinthians 13:7(NKJV) tells us that true love, real love, *godly love* "...bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

Yep. Trust God. *Welcome surprises*. Stay hopeful.



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