“It seems smaller than the first time we were here,” I whispered to my husband, hoping the waitress didn’t hear my comment as she walked away. But it didn’t matter if she heard. The important thing was we were back – seated in the very restaurant where I had an amazing experience, a gift from God. One of those occasions you know for certain his love is for real.
After Richard and I met it took only a few dates for him to know he wanted to marry me. He’d been in a good marriage that lasted 23-years. Widowed a few years before we met, he knew what a good match for him would look like. He was confident we’d make a great team.
I, on the other hand, was still single at 42-years of age. Single as in had never been married. Though he quickly won my interest and respect, the thought of marriage was a bit overwhelming. In fact, years before I met him I’d sworn off love. My girlfriends knew my mantra, “I’ll fall in love again when pigs fly.”
A few days after I told him about my mantra, (a round about way of saying “slow down, mister, I’m not sure!”) we flew down the highway on a road trip. Our friend Bill was in the back seat. The three of us were off to visit a friend of Bill’s in Dover, Delaware.
As we neared our destination I glanced out the passenger side window and could barely believe what I saw. “Umm…Rich?”
He glanced over from behind the steering wheel. He smiled broadly. My eyes brimmed with tears. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. There zooming down the highway alongside our car was a restaurant delivery van with a big flying pig painted on the side.
Okay, Lord, that’s cute, I’ll think more carefully about this man. I get it. But apparently I didn’t.
Bill’s friend and I had never met, she knew nothing about me. So imagine my surprise – and Richard and Bill’s laughter – when our hostess drove us to the restaurant where we ate that evening. A restaurant named Where Pigs Fly decorated in a flying pig decor!
My heart fluttered anew that night, amazed at the Lord’s loving care. He knew my hesitant heart and exactly how to give me the nudge I needed. Richard and I were married a few months later.
Have you ever had an amazing nudge from God? Please share!
The Legacy of Nobody Smith will soon be published. Based on the uncle of Dr. Tony Evans, the novel follows the life of an insignificant shoeshine boy who discovers he’s actually the cherished child of a loving God.