..... Conclusion of Mike and Kathee's Love Story
Consequently, by the time I went back to college to finish the semester, Mike was all I wanted to talk about, he had won my heart. The feeling must have been mutual, for I was back at school less than a day, when he called and spoke with me for over an hour. Michael wrote me long letters that were full of the Word of God. You could say, the Word of God within Mike’s letters washed over me and made me one with him and God’s Word.
I showed Mike’s letters to my friends, because there was nothing embarrassing in them. They thought that he must be a baby Christian. I thought that to be a sad indictment on us “Bible” students! If it were only baby Christians who loved the Word of God and would fill their letters with scriptures, then we Bible students had lost our first love! When we lose our love for the Word of God, we are in trouble!
Mike and I kept in touch by phone calls and letters until I was to return home the first week of May. I had hoped to stay at the college to finish a short summer semester. (I reasoned that my feelings were better kept at a distance.) However, Mike was praying that God would bring me home, because he wanted to be with me!
I was stubborn, though. Had not my mom decided to get married May 6th, and wanted me there to sing and help her prepare for her wedding, I might have stayed at Valley Forge. My stubbornness to stay at college was not totally against Mike and spending the summer at home, but it was aimed at trying to make my mom wait to get married. I wasn’t willing to give up my mom that easily to another man. My mom and I had been best friends for years, and while I was away at college she met a godly man and fell in love. For me, that was a hard pill to swallow. But God was in it!
Back home, our romance budded quickly, and by June we knew that we wanted to get married. Nonetheless, I wanted to go back to school for at least one more year. When Mike applied to go to a well known Bible training center, I silently prayed that they would accept him for the following year, because I wanted to go along and attend too. Furthermore, I wanted to wait another year before getting married.
When Michael received his acceptance in July, I was torn. I wanted to go with Mike, but I wanted to wait! I only knew Mike three to four short months! I had earlier vowed that I would never get married unless I had dated at least two years! To add to my dilemma, we contacted this Bible school, and yes, they would accept me, too. They always tried to accept couples. I had some serious decisions to make.
Needless to say, we were married on August 19, 1978, and I had just met Mike around March 28! Besides accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior, marrying Mike is the best thing I ever did. God had ordained that we would be together. Sure we’ve had rough times, but God has brought us through.
Looking back today, I believe that God had things go quickly, because I surely would have changed my mind if I had two years to think about it. Furthermore, the whirlwind of getting married, preparing for a wedding, and preparing to go to Oklahoma (which was far away from home) were only a foretaste of what the Lord had for me and Mike together.
If I couldn’t take a fast-paced marriage, then I would never be prepared for the fast-paced life that we have lived!
I did not miss any of my college classes that spring when I came home and met my husband-to-be. Right after I left the school to come home for a rest, a snow storm hit Valley Forge and prevented classes from starting until the following week—the week I returned. God is a God of wonders! I did not have any classes to make up, and could sit starry-eyed, thinking about Mike, stress free!
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;...Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not...Recompense to no man evil for evil...If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men...Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:10, 14, 17,18, 21).