It’s always really interesting to take some time to think back to the events that brought you together with your spouse.
What seems like pure coincidence at the time can certainly look much more like Divine Intervention after you’ve had time to reflect.
Dustin and I are high school sweethearts (insert eye roll here), but there were many places along the way that we could have missed one another…or been pulled apart.
I got kicked out of Driver’s Education my sophomore year when the class got one student too large, and I was the youngest one enrolled in the course. As a result, I got put into a new P.E. class that was doing a section on archery.
Lo and behold, this goofy junior was in this same class, and he happened to be a bowhunter who loved archery..and he took every opportunity to show me the right way to shoot a bow during class. At the time, I thought he looked nice in his super short gym shorts, but I didn’t give it much thought beyond that.
Of course, that turned out to be the beginning of a relationship with my husband of 11 years. Our story has many other twists of fate, but I think Dustin would agree that it was a great thing that my license to drive was delayed by a semester. 🙂
When we were given a copy of Come My Beloved to read, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was clearly a collection of courtship stories from Catholic couples, but I didn’t know how interesting that would be to read.
The book turned out to be really heartwarming. In it, twelve couples share their stories of how they met…but with a twist.
Most of the stories involve a journey that requires spiritual guidance from above. This book reminds us of how we must trust in God to show us our vocations in life through prayer and interactions with others. Reading a dozen very different stories of how couples from amazingly diverse backgrounds found each other and went on to be married is quite enlightening.
While our children are nowhere near the age of dating or marrying, this book gave some good examples of how important it is to be good role models in our marriages so that our children will know what to look for in their future relationships.
It was uplifting to hear how God has worked to bring so many people together, and made me want to keep reading to hear more inspirational stories about His work.
The authors are looking for more examples of how couples met and fell in love. Are you willing to share yours?
You can start by sharing a favorite story from your courtship in the comments below.
Bethany is the better half of Engaged Marriage. When she isn’t reminiscing about Dustin’s gym shorts, she enjoys reading and spreading the good news about marriage to engaged couples through her church’s Pre-Cana marriage preparation program.
Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.