2 years ago today, Kevin Dennis led me on a fabulous compass themed adventure that led to him getting down on one knee (at the beach I might add) and proposing after reading this note he had written to me:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
For the past 30 some years, God has been leading us individually like a unique compass for our life, always pointing toward Jesus. While we may have not always quickly followed, he has faithfully cared for us, provided for us, protected us, and loved us.
I want to do the same for us, but I know I will fail and fall short in my own effort. But I know God will not. And so, I want to help us to follow his leading, knowing it will always lead to Jesus, and knowing there is no better place we could live.
As we stand on this beach, we come to the edge of where God has led us so far. We’ve ventured just a few hundred feet into these waters, on our boards. But soon God will lead us together into the great-uncharted waters beyond these breaks. Water filled with the life, purposes and adventures he has waiting for us out there-together-as our two individual compasses will soon become one…
Lindsey Renae Parrott, I love you, and I want to love you the rest of my life. Will you marry me?”
As Kevin is out of town, he made sure to make today special and had a friend show up with a dozen roses and a card from him at the door (to be honest, I had forgotten the significance of today and was a little confused at the roses… oops! I’m glad I have a husband who remembers these significant dates!) He had me spend time today watching video’s that he had made for that day, reading through the book we had put together filled with notes from him as he led me on a journey throughout significant places for us. It was refreshing and sweet to read what God had done then, what we were trusting Him for and where we are today. God has brought great depth to our commitment to follow Him together, stepping into the “great-unchartered waters” ahead of us. Waters, that though we knew would include hard times, in my idealism of the future I thought those would come much later in marriage. We said Jesus would be our true north as we got engaged, we said it in our vows, and we reminded each other of this commitment to the Lord as we’ve walked this journey with Sophie. It’s hard to believe all that has happened, all that the Lord has and is walking us through in these past 2 years but just as Kevin reminded me 2 years ago how for the past 30 years the Lord has faithfully cared for us, provided for us, protected us, and loved us… The Lord’s faithfulness to us is the same today. I am so thankful for the man God brought into my life to walk this adventure together. I know I love him far more today than I did on that day I said “yes” (though I did have to ask him if I actually said “yes” in my excitement!). And I know that the only reason we are where we are today… is because we have fought to continue to let Jesus be the direction our compass is set.
After we had gotten engaged and were in the car Kevin proceeded to show me the last video of the day ( I couldn’t believe there was more!)… “The Making of the Compass” (which was the making of the proposal!) It was so fun to watch today, I thought I’d share…