If you have never had anything bad happen to you, or if you are walking in Alice’s wonderland, then this post may not be for you.
I want to tell you a tale of an elderly man and woman who have been married for 54 years, 7 months, and 7 days. When the old man was young, just out of service, he asked the young lady to marry him. She, being a very common sense type, said, “No, we haven’t known each other but 5 years, and you were in service for the last three of those years. You need to get settled, find a job, get the war time out of your blood and we need to get to know one another beside writting letters to one another. You might not even like me if you get to know me. And who knows, I might not even like you once we get to know each other again. His response was, “Well, if you decide you want to get married, you will have to ask me!” They both laughed and began to date one another on the weekends. She lived over a 100 miles away from where he lived.
Six months later, still dating on weekends, he told her they needed some space to date others to see if this was what they really wanted. She smiled, said, “sure, if that is what you want, but you will have to ask me to come back if you change your mind.” She walked away knowing he was already dating a blond in his home town.
Her best friend lived in his hometown and he saw him and the blond together several times at the town ice cream place. Her best friend knew all about the relationship of letter writing while he was in service. He knew she was dating him after service was completed. He knew they were close and wondered why he was seeing someone else at the same time he was seeing his best friend. So, he asked his best friend about the blond and what was going on.
So, she was not surprised when he wanted to part company to date other people. Her best friend talked to her like he always had. Told her if she was patient, not angry, really loved, then it would all work out the way it should. She smiled and said, “You always say the right thing. How did I get so lucky to find a best friend like you at such a young age?” He smiled as he hugged her and said, “we may never know the answer to that question.”
She dated others for a while, then decided it wasn’t worth the effort. Men only wanted one thing after spending money on a movie, and dinner. She wasn’t giving anything to anyone before she got married. So she told her best friend, “When you don’t have anything to do, and want to go see Elvis, call me and we will dance the night away.” They spent the weekends talking on the phone, singing Elvis songs, and pretending they were dancing the night away.
Spring of the next year brought her soldier knocking at her door. He broke it off with the blond, dated a red head for a while, broke that off and decided he missed his one true love.
When she opened the door, she smiled and said, “What took you so long,” He said, ” I missed you every day. Did you miss me?”
“No,” she replied as she shut the door. He said, “Well?” She said, “When do you want to get married?” He took her in his arms and whispered, “how does September sound?”
They were married and stayed that way until he had a stroke and disappeared into the realm of life in which one comes and goes ….she takes care of him…
Her best friend calls to ask how he is doing and how is she doing…sings Elvis songs to cheer her up when things are low…last song was:
You are my sunshine. My only sunshine.. you make me happy when skies are grey…you’ll never know dear, how much I love you, please don’t take my sunshine away. I’ll always love you and be there for you…I’ll protect you from harms way, cause I adore you…you’re my dream come true, you’re my beautiful sunshine. You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey, you’ll never know dear, how much I love you, please dont take my sunshine away.
How does one woman have such loving men in her life? I believe Jesus sent them to be there when she needed them…until He comes to carry her away into sweet peace.