How we became...
One day he received a phone call. The call was to inform him of an opportunity to be the worship pastor at small, country church in Michigan. After flying in from the eastern states during somewhat of a sabbatical, he decided this is where the Lord was placing him. His entire stay in Michigan was a total of 15 months- though he would never have guessed a primary reason for being there.
She was in Texas, a thousand miles away. Beginning a year full of intense learning experiences, she had enrolled in a program as a full time mentor to a group of young women. It was August 2005, and just over a month later would she received an email from someone she had never met. “Hello” it began, “...my name is Darin.” The email went on to explain how he had acquired her contact information, read through her blog, and wanted to get to know her. He mentioned all this in an unassuming way and left it up to her to share any more. She politely declined, sharing only that her schedule was too full at the moment.
They crossed paths a few months later during the holidays, only to part ways with little more than a thought. One simply could not become best friends with a man over a thousand miles away while involved in so much. This standard, of being best friends first, had become her heart's deepest desire in a future husband, next to following Jesus.
Nearly six more months passed arriving in June 2006, and their paths crossed again...this time something was different.
They talked. They began sharing about life and about books. Books! She loved books and began to see, so did he. This was marvelous...and very attractive! The following day, after deeper conversation, she went to bed with a prayer in her heart. Lord, what was the meaning of all this? Please keep my emotions strong and heart focused. As she listened, the Lord replied with, This man will be your best friend.
She could hardly take it all in. Did this mean what she thought it did?
The following week she was back in Texas and they talked via email, then on the phone for the first time. He wasted no words in revealing his intentions saying, “I believe the Lord has brought our lives together for a reason and I’m not interested in just being friends. If you would accept, I would like to pursue a relationship with you, with the intention of marriage.”
Her mouth literally dropped open. She quickly remembered the words the Lord had whispered that recent prayerful night. Best friends.
After three days of praying and seeking advice, she accepted.
After three days of fasting and waiting, he had his answer.
From that day, they knew this was exactly where the Lord was leading them. One cold, romantic December night, he asked her to marry him and eight months later, they said “I Do”.