You know, I really don't deserve her. Lisa is the most amazingly sweet and smart and downright beautiful girl that I've ever met. There's not a day that goes by that I don't ask God why He let me have her and not some other guy. I prayed for a very long time for the right girl to spend my life with, and God answered my prayers beyond my wildest dreams.
Like I said, I don't know how a guy like me wound up with a girl as wonderful as Lisa. Because it's only by the grace of God that it happened, it certainly wasn't anything I did to merit this blessing.
I have a lot of friends who are still single, who are waiting on God to bring them that someone special. I spent a long time wondering and worrying if there was anyone for me, if God had in fact forgotten about me. Then I came to a point where I realized that I had to step aside and stop trying to make it happen on my timetable, and let God take control of it all.
You would be amazed at how fast it was that Lisa and I first met after that. And the thing of it is, I don't count all those years without ever having a relationship as "time lost" at all: God did bring us together at the right time, in the right way. Now we've been married for five years... and in that time we've learned that marriage is even more an exercise in seeking and surrendering to God's will.
It's a hard thing to wait on His timing. It's a harder thing to make this kind of thing work. But looking at that picture of Lisa tonight, looking so incredibly cute...
I defy anyone to tell me that God doesn't wildly exceed our expectations when we yield it all to Him. That it's not worth going through, if you can have something so wonderful in the end.
That really is the secret, my friends: "Letting go and letting God." And amazingly enough, the thing works!
I sure hope our kids someday have Lisa's smile... :-)