You never know how things are going to turn out. When I headed off to college, I figured I would work for the National Weather Service somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, and I would settle down, get married and have a couple of kids. And this would all happen by the age of 30. Guess what? None of that happened as planned. As I grew older, I realized as a strong introvert that I liked being single and getting married was not going to happen. Again I was wrong.
Back in 1995, I went on a mission trip to Latvia. I had felt the need to step out of my comfort zone and do something different, something “risky” for God. I was glad I went on the mission trip. It was a milestone in my life. Then in 1998, the wife of the couple who led the mission trip contacted me and said that Gail wanted an email pen pal. She had gone on the same mission trip 2 years before me in 1993. I realized the wife was matchmaking and because of that I almost did not email Gail. The only reason I emailed Gail was that I was certain nothing would come of this long distance relationship. She was in Oregon and I in Colorado. Thank God, I was wrong yet again.
We emailed. We met. No sparks flew, but I felt comfortable talking to Gail and I enjoyed her company. Then I belatedly realized I had fallen in love, and I was way out of my comfort zone. Seeing God’s hand in all of this, I again embraced the risk. We were married on August 15, 1999, and now I have been happily married to Gail for 21 years. I am thankful that God put her in my life. She is a wonderful woman and I am very happy to have her as my life partner.
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9; ESV)
Here are a few pictures from that day 21 years ago.
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I will echo your blog post title: Happy Anniversary! What are you doing to celebrate? Maybe fly off to some COVID-free South Pacific Island for rest, relaxation, surfing, feasting, parties, and memorable nights? If you do that, just make sure it’s nowhere near Gilligan’s Island. There’s too much isolation and too much weird stuff going on there. I saw the several-year-long documentary series about it.