It was a day unlike any other. It seems like yesterday and yet–at the same time– so long ago.
Fifteen years ago today, I married a man who had ridden into my life in a white Camaro and stolen my heart away by a gas station pump. It was the eyes. Yep. Those big blue eyes that our children inherited. Y'all, they had me at "hello". Except for the fact that our first word wasn't hello at all (or any other traditional salutation for that matter!)… Rather, "You have the most beautiful blue eyes I've ever seen" happened to pour forth out of my mouth in my Southern accent. It gushed out before I had time to take it back… like sweet tea on a hot Southern day. So there I stood, batting my eyelashes, and saying a prayer that I had not just messed up my one and only chance with this knight in "wind-suit armor".
"And your name is?", he politely asked in most genteel of form. I was crimson red, standing there at that gas station off McFarland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I told him my name and asked his. You can imagine my surprise when I thought I misheard him and questioned, "Derick?" and we stood there awkwardly as he told me "Verick" several times while I kept saying back to him every name but Verick.
That was a name that I'd never heard before. This peaked my interest to learn more about this man in wind suit armor… who rode in on a friend's white Camaro… had beautiful blue eyes… and whose name sounded more like a Russian boxer off of a Rocky movie than a Southern boy from Alabama.. Oh, the things we Southern women ponder.
I could spend the next hour telling you how we later met back up at a Disciple Now weekend, where we were counselors. How he sought me out and asked me hundreds of questions… wondering if I was "the one". How he went home to tell his family he had found me… his future bride. How I went home to convince myself and others that I was still as distant from marriage as I'd been before we met. How, after a few weeks, I stood in my bathroom and had the epiphany that OH.my.word. he really is THE one, and how scared and elated that made me feel when I finally gave in to the Lord's urging.
One fateful day, he drove up to visit. We stood talking too long after church and his car wouldn't start, so I drove him back to my house to call our mutual friend. I will never forget standing in the kitchen handing each other near identical Kim Anderson cards that said almost the same sentiments. We cried, committed ourselves to each other, and then prayed. There was that thick feeling of God's presence in the air, and then he asked me on a date. Yep, our first real date.
Seven months later, he proposed to me at the top of the Peach Tree Tower in a revolving restaurant overlooking Atlanta, Georgia. Ah, these were the things fairy tale romances were made of. I was a sophomore in college, he, a new college graduate.
Seven months later, on a beautiful, steaming hot (yep), Southern May day we were married in a ceremony that I was sure the angels themselves were attending. It seemed as though the clouds of heaven were opened up for a moment and it was the most emotional, touching ceremony I had ever been a part of, if I do say so myself.
Our wedding director, affectionately named "Tinker", said countless times from Friday through Saturday evening, "God is good", and the wedding party would say in unison, "All the time." After we drove off into the sunset, thunderstorm warnings encompassed the South. Little did we know that Tinker's words and the weather would be aforeshadowing of truths to come in mine and Verick's lives together…
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