When most people learn I’m getting married on my twentieth birthday, the look on their faces is nearly always one of sheer disbelief. Then comes the gently (or sometimes, not so gently) poised questions of “Are you sure?” “What do your parents think?” “Why not wait a few years…?” The best part is when they find out he’s my first boyfriend, and we met over a prank call.
From the moment the Lord confirmed that Jonny was “the one,” He also showed me that our relationship was meant to show people that the Lord still works in crazy and mysterious ways.
We both know we’re young, but at the same time we’re sure, with His peace that surpasses all understanding, that this is right. We were sure from before we started dating that this was it. Now, we will have more time to grow together as a couple, spending some of our most formative years being molded as one.
“Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.” ~ Proverbs 5:18
As for what our parents think, both sets are fully behind this. Trusting our discernment, and aware that we both have waited to date anyone until we knew with absolute certainty that the Lord was leading us to this person, they could not be more excited. They’ve watched our relationship grow from friendship to dating to engagement, being fully involved in every step.
And finally, the reason we’re not waiting a few years is simple. This way we have more time together as a couple, to grow and serve the Lord together as one.
Driving home from Atlanta last year, one of my dear cousins mentioned something that’s always stuck with me. He said, “we (Christians, our family, etc) weren’t meant to live an ordinary life. Ordinary is boring. I’d rather fly.” It’s a rare thing to find someone who can fly along with you, dreams and priorities matching yours. Even less common is discovering that person at an early age, getting to figure out, experience, and grow through life by their side. Jonny and I are extremely blessed in these areas, being truly brought together by the Lord for His purposes.
So darling, let’s fly.