“I first met James in 1998 when he was main a Bible research group at my dad and mom’ home. I used to be 17 and nonetheless in school and he was nicely and really not in my age bracket of potential boys to love. He spent loads of time at my household residence, however I used to be not often there.
There was zero romantic inclination.
Just a few years handed. We knew one another and he was the enjoyable larrikin who made me chuckle. We each love journey and located ourselves going for a bushwalk a couple of weeks earlier than I used to be heading off to Tasmania to do a Certificates III in Youth Work. James rang me each week to speak via what I used to be studying. It was a good time for me to consolidate all of the content material I wanted to get via.
One week he came over, staying close by with a mate of his. We had a couple of day journeys out collectively and it was very comfy. However I didn’t consider him as something apart from a buddy. He was an older brother. And I used to be planning to go to Brazil to work with road women.
After that week, James acquired again residence and he known as me to inform me that he appreciated me. He wished to get to know me extra. I used to be a bit confused. I hadn’t seen him that means. Then he despatched me flowers and I completely rejected them. I had my thoughts on my research and going to Brazil.
A month later, I completed my course, left Tasmania and arrived residence. On my first Sunday again, I went to our church as regular and James wasn’t there. I missed him! It was a brand new thought. I used to be additionally fearful concerning the awkwardness. I didn’t need it to be awkward for him with my household and the Bible research group. We organized to satisfy for a brief cup of tea to repair the awkwardness. Each of us had one thing that we would have liked to do afterwards, which was good. It will imply that the cup of tea can be brief.
However then, whereas we have been consuming tea, each of us acquired messages to say that the issues we had on afterwards have been cancelled. James stated, “Do you wish to go to dinner and a film?”
We by no means went to the film. We ate dinner collectively after which we sat on the grass outdoors and we talked and talked for hours. We realised that we noticed the world the identical means. We held onto God in the identical means. 5 weeks later, we have been engaged after which three months later, we have been married.
I by no means went to Brazil to work with road women. As a substitute, we had our personal three children. Within the final 20 years, although, we’ve most likely had greater than our justifiable share of onerous issues – main well being points, monetary stress, hospital visits. After years of excruciating ache, I had mind surgical procedure three months in the past as a result of I had an excessive amount of stress round my mind from a blood clot. A few months into me being unwell, we have been having a mini vacation as a household to attempt to cut back the stress. Inside two hours of being there, our canine had an accident, breaking his femur and James collapsed unconscious. It goes on and on. Life is commonly messy and may even be brutal. However God’s faithfulness stays.
I’ve currently been reminded that when it’s cloudy and you may’t see the solar, we nonetheless belief that the solar is there. It’s the identical with God. He’s nonetheless there, even when it feels brutal. Jesus by no means disappoints us. I like the verse in John 11:35. Jesus knew that he was going to boost Lazarus from the lifeless and he knew that it will all be for his glory. However Jesus wept. He wept over Lazarus and his sisters, and he wept over the ache of this messy life. It comforts me, particularly in the course of ache. We are able to nonetheless hunt down Jesus’ magnificence and goodness, wherever we’re on the earth (Brazil or Australia). And maybe there’s a better depth to our belief once we undergo onerous issues. Maybe, we even discover that the darkish clouds can flip sunrises and sunsets into an much more stunning sight. The darkish clouds of life can replicate the fantastic thing about Jesus.”
Megan’s story is a part of Eternity’s Religion Tales sequence, compiled by Naomi Reed. Click on right here for extra Religion Tales.