You’ve had my heart almost from the moment that I met you. That day so long ago, when you cut in on my salsa dance and started leading me, set the precedent for all the days to come. I didn’t know that I would love you then. I didn’t know what an amazing man you’d turn out to be. I didn’t know what great and mighty plans God had in store for the two of us. But, in keeping with our now familiar pace, it didn’t take long.
The day I realized that my love for you was the real deal, I wasn’t expecting it. Our path never has taken very many expected turns, though.
I found myself atop a rock that rose above my friends below who were still packing up the morning’s meal. From the vista where I sat, I could just make out the river across the valley and through the towering pines. Its babble and rush sang out over the fields, bringing a sense of zen into the atmosphere. I hugged my knees up to my chest and closed my eyes, letting the sun warm my face. Below, some of our group was still sitting around the fire; the crackle of wood and scent of burning leaves filled the air around me. One of them was strumming the guitar while the others’ harmony rose into the heavens.
I’m so glad you’re in my life. I’m so glad you came to save us.
My friend, Lisa, had climbed up onto the rock with me. She was talking about her plans to become a teacher and commenting on how beautiful the mountains were…how majestic and glorious everything around us was. She asked me what my plans were, what I wanted to do after high school. The answers I gave are now vague and distant to me. That moment, however, the pure emotion and clarity of heart and mind…is what I do remember as if I were living it over again now.
Off to the right, I could see my sister and our friends walking toward the river and away from our tents. The sun shone through the trees and pierced the awakening forest floor at their feet. A chilly breeze swept up my back; Lisa and I both laughed as we shivered. All around me I gazed into the face of the glory of God. It surrounded me, it enveloped me and in that moment…wrapped up in God’s arms, witness to his mighty power…my thoughts fell upon you, My Love.
There, when God held me close atop that rock, he also showed me a love that I had never known until that moment. He showed me who the object of that deep authentic love was. The image of you danced around in my heart and permeated my soul like no other had or ever will. When I should have been looking forward to the beauty that lay before me in the days ahead, I only looked ahead to the moment that I would rest back in your arms again.
It was then, that I knew I loved the boy who became the man you are. You were always the one, as you always will be. God put you there in my heart for keeping. And I am blessed and honored to guard you there for all of our days.
With Mama Kat who said: 1.) Tell us about the moment you knew your spouse was “The One”.
And with Faith Barista who said: “A letter to someone you love”.