Shannon here: Revell debut author, Lorna Seilstad shares another glimpse into her real life romance. Leave a comment on any post dated Aug. 30 – Sept 4 for a chance to win her historical romance, Making Waves. Deadline Sept 4, 8:00 PM Central. New Rules: I’ll post the winner’s name in the comments on Sept 4. If you find your name, go to the contact page on the website and send me your address. Here’s Lorna:
As I said, I knew I was going to marry David the day I met him, but our dating time was far from smooth sailing. David knew all about wooing a woman, but hadn’t been friends with a woman on a long term basis. I had been friends with a lot of guys, but I wasn’t used to handling the overwhelming feelings. David also wasn’t sure he wanted to be in love with me or anyone else. He wasn’t ready to give up his single life. We’d break up, but we couldn’t stay apart long. It seemed that we’d take two steps forward and one step back on a regular basis.
I began to grow weary and doubt my first feelings. After all, how long could I wait for David to make up his mind? Truthfully, I wanted to give up. This relationship thing was just too hard.
One night, I began to pray, begging God for direction. I’d been reading about Gideon laying out a fleece in Judges 6, and decided to lay out one of my own. I said, “God, if you want me to stay with David, just give me a flat tire on my car tomorrow.” Almost immediately, I took it back and told God to forget it.
The next morning, I hurried to get ready to go to work. I stepped onto the porch and stopped cold. There, in the driveway, was my car with a flat tire. My whole body shook.
When my dad took the tire in, there was no hole, and they couldn’t explain why it went flat.
Two and half, sometimes rocky years later we were married. The words from that letter came true. “When you are ready, I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you would ever dream.”
I think God knew I needed the flat tire and the original feelings to stick with this relationship. David is a man who gives 110% to everything he does. That included marriage. The reason he’d been reluctant to commit was he understood how significant that commitment was. I had to learn about resting in God’s timing and a lot of other things.
God brought us together from across the world. He worked out the five year age difference and kept us exclusively for each other. He answered my prayers for a man of God, for a man I could easily respect, and for a man I could serve the Lord beside.
I didn’t expect him to come in a 6’6” package, but I’m sure glad he did!
Come back Sept. 3 for a glimpse into the fictional romance of Lorna’s characters and an excerpt from Making Waves.