The love story of TC, as I’ve come to call them, isn’t mine to tell. However, they aren’t inclined to call attention to themselves. So if I don’t tell you, how will you ever know what love looks like?
TC are their initials; wherever you saw one of them, the other was surely nearby. They belonged together as much as peanut butter and jelly.
I confess I don’t know their full story, just the good part.
There was 15 years difference in their age. What I don’t know is how they met. It could have been at church or maybe at a summer camp. Questions come to mind about what a 25 year old man would be doing with a girl so young. As a parent I confess to shudder, thinking all kinds of wrong in it.
That’s why when sixteen year old C asked her folks what they thought of her and T getting married, they were aghast.
“Absolutely not!” How could a young impressionable high school girl know her heart? It was unthinkable.
(Note: This is another part I don’t know. Did TC go behind her folks back? If so, it was a long distance relationship.)
Through the week T worked as a road surveyor in the north woods. He was most comfortable out in nature, enjoying the fresh air, natural beauty and peace it offered.
Weekends found him back downstate among the hustle and bustle of the suburbs where C lived. What TC shared was genuine.
Years passed. C graduated from high school. She went on to college, graduating after four years of studies. She got herself a job, saving enough money to eventually move out of her parents’ home into an apartment.
All the while love remained, grew actually. T waited all this time for one reason. Mind you, he and C never abandoned the dream of marriage.
But first T wanted C to experience what adulthood held. Independence, and the responsibilities of working for a living, purchasing a car along with the maintenance of it, housekeeping, cooking, you name it.
T didn’t ever want C to feel rushed into marriage, not having the chance to do things on her own. She got to experience it all.
Ten years later we were invited to their wedding. Here is the best part. T standing at the foot of the altar, his arm down at this side, but his hand very subtly urging C to come forward quickly down the aisle. Enough time had passed.
It was a day of joy like I had never witnessed before or since.
Besides the love they had for each other, together they shared a love for Jesus. He was the one that gave them the patience and the strength to do this thing right, with no regrets.
This is how I envision Jesus’ love for us. He lets us grow up and experience life both with and without him, all the while, his love never ending. Any mistakes we make along the way are opportunities to see him better and realize he has the best for us in the long run.