This past weekend, B and I kissed our birthday boy goodbye Friday afternoon and headed to Charlottesville to celebrate the wedding of my dear college friend, Anna.
I LOVE a good wedding, but watching my precious friend Anna marry her groom was particularly special.
Sweet Anna is one of the most amazing women–she is beautiful, intelligent, witty, and
hilarious. She’s a lover of good music, great books, Alabama football, dance parties, and delicious food. She is the friend who turned me on to Friday Night Lights and for that I will be forever indebted to her. AND her southern roots allow her to get away saying things like “britches” or “fixin’ to…”
Needless to say, the combination of her beauty, charm, and just overall fabulousness, meant that Miss Anna was never lacking for suitors. Many a man fell hard for her. I mean, can you blame them?
But for some reason, with each suitor that came her way, there was always something not quite right in Anna’s heart. Now, let me be clear, these guys weren’t just your “Average Jo’s,” they were smart, attractive, driven men.
Several times, we would have conversations that went something like this,
Me: “Anna, he’s AMAZING. I don’t see the problem??”
Anna: “I know, I know, but I’m just not in LOVE. There’s something missing here.”
I’ll be honest, at times, I wondered if she would ever be able to fall in love with anyone. Then one day, Anna met Grant.
I remember the first time Anna called me to tell me about Grant and within minutes, I knew Grant was different than all the other boys that had clamored for Anna’s affection in the past.
As she told me about Grant, there was a peace, an excitement, a confidence, and a sheer delight in her voice that told me that Anna had met “the one.”
Fast forward a few months, and I finally got to meet Mr. Grant Millsaps. They brought dinner to us soon after Bear was born, and just like Anna, I was quickly enamored with Mr. Millsaps.
He is thoughtful, generous, kind, and so. much. fun. PLUS, he even knew the “magic trick” to get babies to fall asleep. (Just take your finger and stroke down from their forehead to the tip of their nose–works like a charm!) And I watched in excitement as he loved and cared for my friend so perfectly.
I’m not sure if he was trying to win me over that night, but I assure you, it did not take long for me to convert to “Team Millsaps.”
I even think while he was in the bathroom during dinner, I made some awkward comment about them getting married that I’m pretty sure he heard. Yep, I’m smooth like that!
Here is one of the things I LOVE about Anna’s love story. There were several times where she could have thought, “Okay, this is a great guy. I can figure out how to make this work.”
But when it came to marriage and love, Anna waited and ultimately refused to compromise.
Instead of settling into, “okay” Anna waited on God to write her love story and He brought her perfection. Rather than falling into love, Anna rose.
When you’ve been dating someone a long time, it’s so easy to think, “Okay, it’s been a few years, I guess we should get married,” even if something’s not right, or you’re not 100% confident.
Anna’s love story has renewed my faith in the truth that while choosing to wait on God may take longer, He alone can write the most perfect love story for each of His children.
Don’t give up believing that He cares about your heart and that He has a PERFECT match for you!
There are more than a few good-looking, talented, smart, successful men out there, but just because they look good on paper, doesn’t necessarily mean they are right for YOU. Don’t be afraid to trust God and wait for Him to bring you YOUR perfect match.
Yes, it might mean it takes longer than you’d like, but the end-result will be “immeasurably more than anything you could ask for or imagine” (Eph. 3:20).
REST in the Lord, and WAIT patiently for Him.