Prayer for True Love

A lonely woman relies on the power of prayer when she meets a man who may be "the one."

By Stephanie Thompson, Edmond, Oklahoma

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It's just lunch, I told myself. Not a real date. I slid the hangers across the bar of my closet as I rated each outfit. Too stuffy. Out-of-style. A date? I hadn't had one of those for two years. I'd sworn off dating after my last marriage fell apart—my second marriage to fail. I just didn't trust myself. Things had gone so terribly wrong I didn't think I could even make a choice anymore. One afternoon two years later I confided my disillusionment to a friend.

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"Write down on a sheet of paper all of the qualities you want in a husband. Pray over it and put it in a special box. Then trust God to choose someone for you," she suggested. So I did. I made my list, folded it up, put it in my cedar jewelry box and prayed without much hope. I'd always seen myself happily married, chasing kids around a backyard. Here I was, 39, alone and about to meet a guy I barely knew, for lunch. 

Friends said I was a "young-looking" 39, but your age is your age. I stepped back from my closet with a dark-olive top and silk pants, brushed my hair, freshened my lipstick and wondered, What am I doing?

As I drove to the restaurant, I thought about the guy I was meeting. We'd been introduced a few weeks before at a friend's place. We only chatted briefly, but he seemed nice, with dark eyes and an easygoing manner. I didn't think much of it until a week later when the phone rang. "It's Michael," he said. I was a little surprised to hear from him, but his friendly manner quickly put me at ease.

A few calls later, he suggested we get together. "I don't date," I said. I took a breath and laughed nervously. "I've had some bad experiences. I want to build a friendship first."

"Then let's be friends," he replied.

We talked every other day. He seemed too good to be true: He had a promising career in counseling. He sang in the choir at his country church. He didn't drink. All the qualities I'd put on the list. But I tried not to get my hopes up. There was an unknown: I'd only seen Michael that one time, but I remembered he looked younger than I was.

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I pulled into the parking lot and glimpsed him standing in front of the restaurant, with a boyish grin. Yep, I thought as I walked toward the breezeway, definitely younger. "Good to see you," he said. He held the door for me. "I'm glad you suggested Bellini's. It's my favorite."

"Mine too," I agreed. "Let's go dutch."

"Out of the question," he said. "Since I invited you, it's on me."

His manners impressed me, but I still wasn't sure what I was doing there. I picked at my shrimp piccata. We talked about a lot of things—music, books we loved, even spiritual stuff. I'd never met a man who was so comfortable talking about his faith. I felt relaxed around him. When we finished, he paid the tab and left a generous tip. 

"Let's do this again," he said, walking me to my car. "My 10-year reunion's coming up this weekend, but maybe we could do something next weekend?"

I did the math. Ten-year COLLEGE reunion? That would make him 32. Maybe 35, if he got a graduate degree. Or 10-year HIGH SCHOOL reunion? He'd only be 28. I ran the numbers over and over in my head. Best case scenario, he's only a few years younger. Worst case, 12. I could've been his babysitter! 

"Call me," I said. "Thanks for a great lunch."

I sighed deeply as I slid behind the wheel of my car. How could he be the one? He would want a younger woman he could start a family with. Not me.

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That evening I slipped on my pajamas, curled up on the couch and flipped channels aimlessly. After the news, I padded into my bedroom and dug into my closet for my cedar jewelry box. 

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Really An Inspiring Story! And Yes He Listens To Our Prayers All The Time But He Also Checks That Do We Really Deserve What We Are Asking From Him, Are We Really Going To Work Hard And Wait Patiently For All Our Prayer To Be Answered....

awww! i am in the same position the guy i am friends with is 6 years younger (am 29 and he's 23) and it doesn't matter to him he saids that age is just a number. i love him but he doesn't want a relationship. i am confused and just hope GOD will just give me a chance in love. i just want to be HPPY am so lonely.

happy to read your story and know GOD is able.

Am hapi for u,I join my faith wit urs,to get my testimony,n I am hoping oneday,he will put joy in my mouth n celebrate mee,n all glory will go to him alone.

What a beautiful story! Thanks for the hope! xoxo

This Valentine's Day, Michael and I are blessed to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. Thank you, Guideposts, for reminding me of the power of God's love,