“If the guy’s not a Christian, I don’t give him the time of day.” My fourteen-year-old mind was blown away at this statement. My friend, Leslie, said this casually, like she would if she was talking about the weather. But to me, I was shocked.
Only date guys who were Christians? I never heard this kind of “philosophy.” Never read it in Cosmopolitan, never heard it on MTV. (Yes, I used to expose my teenage-self to those forms of media) I don’t believe she knew how much that riveted my thoughts. Not sure, if I ever told her, come to think of it. So back then, I did what any other girl would do. I watched. I wanted to see if she’d stick true to her claim.
Leslie had always been the silent gorgeous. Quiet and stunning. (She’d probably hit me for saying this, but it’s true.) Her large watercolor eyes sparkled, changing hues depending on her outfit. No joke. The girl has some spectacular eyeballs.
I witnessed her turn down the fellas. I’ve seen her subdue her attitude around the boys so they wouldn’t get the wrong idea of her. I’ve see her dress modestly as to not attract the wrong attention. I was fascinated. Intrigued.
Fast forward a couple months. A guy named Aaron walks on the scene, and every girl between the ages of 15 to 25 has a crush on him. (*minus me, I had my eyes on my future hubby) Anyways, Aaron makes a similar declaration as Leslie. “The next girl I hold hands with is going to be my wife.” Basically saying, the next girl he dated, it was for forever. Now, my mind is double-blown. So again, I watched.
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I lost everyday contact with Leslie with the exception of an email here or there. Yet one day, I get a letter in the mail from her. I opened it and the first sentence reads, “Aaron and I are getting married.” I cried. It was like watching God’s hand. During those two years prior, I observed their godly behavior and never once did they trip up. God upheld them. Honored them. Then God placed them together, and today they celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary!
Over the past fifteen years, they had been such a godly couple, caring for each other and for the three beautiful girls God had given them. Leslie and Aaron Reese, thank you for showing me true love begins with loving Jesus and living for Him. When we put God first, we can trust him to bring the right person in our lives.