I’ll pick up today right where I left off in Chapter 6…
I think we were both floating on a cloud when we reemerged into the living room filled with all of Matt’s closest friends. And when Matt informed all of them that I would be joining them in their evening plans (a concert), their eyes widened. I could read the messages they were trying to convey to him.
“Are you sure, man? This girl just broke your heart!”
“Does she really have to come?”
“Have you lost your mind?”
Matt and I were completely unfazed by their lack of enthusiasm. We went to that concert together, and I felt as though every single eye in that place was on us – on me. That girl. The one who had cut and run and almost lost the very best thing that had ever happened to her. But, you know what? When something is right, it is just right. Matt and I both knew that, and that made it easy to shrug off everyone else’s doubt.
It was a romantic night. An unforgettable night. As we were standing front and center, the band announced that they would be performing one of their new songs that night, and when they started singing, it was as though it had been written for us. A song about two people miserable without each other, until one phone call changes everything…
It is incredible how God works, friends. How He uses everything to work for our good. He used the antics of the selfish, spoiled girl that I was to ultimately lead me back to the one He knew was my perfect match. And He softened the heart and firmed the resolve of a sweet boy like Matt to trust me again and allow me back into his heart.
We have fought like cats and dogs. I am ashamed to say I have grabbed my keys and stormed out of the house on more than one occasion. We have enduring heartbreaking loss (Chapter 2). We have survived the stress that comes along with jobs, financial worries and raising children. We have bickered over insignificant issues, and we have both said hurtful things in the heat of arguments that we fervently wish we could take back.
But, just as He did before, the Lord has used all of it – even these less-than-perfect aspects of our life together – for our good. And as Matt and I continue our journey together, I find such comfort in knowing He will always continue to do so.