1 John 4:19
When God created the world, the galaxies, and everything in between, he did so with one thing in mind — all things must work together. When there was earth, there was light. When there was water there was the moon. When there were birds, there was a vaulted sky to carry them. Even with all the intricacies of the pieces each part plays, it’s important to remember that they do —without question. Within each and every passing second, all things desire to work in tandem, like a dance between two sets of feet.
When I started to think about it in the context of humans, and even in the context of my own desires — at the very beginning, God knew man couldn’t be alone. Man needed someone to help, and vise versa, someone to help him. His ezra. The longing for a partner was set from dust and bone from the very beginning. My desire for a partner is biblical; we were made for this.
During our third date Karl said to me, “I really like you, Kera, but I’m interviewing for a job in Nashville.”
My response was, “I’m not worried about it.” I knew that God had a bigger plan. If we could fully trust in his goodness of bringing us together, then I thought, I can fully trust in his keeping us together.
It wasn’t long before God’s plan was set into motion. Karl was offered the job in Nashville and we continued to date with states between us. That time allowed us to really mold our foundation, growing in communication and love; but it was hard. Being apart for weeks at a time really tested us. God knew it, too. I giggle as I write this, envisioning God as this sculptor with wet clay all over His hands. And within just a few short months, God opened a new door for us – I was moving to Nashville, too.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Karl shared this verse with me very early on in our relationship. It replayed in my head all day yesterday as I thought about what it felt like to actually be living it. The more we put our trust in God, the more doors He opened for us.
Meeting each other for coffee. Becoming official over pizza and wine. Dating long distance. Moving to Nashville. Starting new jobs. Growing in Him and with each other.
Our trip this weekend was no different. It’s hard not to see God in everything when His creations are surrounding you. We found ourselves sitting on top of a boulder on a cliff thousands of feet in the air, taking in the views.
“Heavenly Father, thank you.”
A quarter mile later, God led us to a new high point, tucked away in a crevice on the face of the mountain where we stumbled across a heart shaped rock. If you didn’t believe in signs, you surely do now. We took in the views. We saw birds soar in the sky. I heard the sweetest voice call my name. It was Karl and he was on one knee.
I never knew how I would react, when the man I longed to start my forever with would ask me to marry him. But I felt how I imagine Adam feeling when God created Eve. Ecstatic and complete.
When God created the world, the galaxies, and everything in between, Karl was there and I was saying yes. And in that moment, we were walking through yet another door God had opened for us.