Before I tell you this story, I’m going to preface it with some background on my current relationship, without getting too descriptive, not TOO descriptive. Anywho.
My current girlfriend and I are waaay old enough to know better. So before you judge our relationship, know this, we have both been normal regular people most of our lives. We make choices that have turned out to be mistakes, and have learned and grown from it.
We had both decided to rededicate ourselves to the LORD, and try to be better people for HIS sake, and for ours as well. She made that decision about 9 years ago, I didn’t make it until earlier this year. Even though we were in each other’s lives, more indirectly than directly, we never had occasion to converse or even interact.
I tell you these things, because GOD had wanted us to be there for each other, and had set in motion, certain events that would make it possible to get to know each other.
First for me, was taking me away from Austin, Texas. I had just made the decision, at 50 years old, to become a stand-up comedian, but HE had other plans. I was tasked to come and help take care of my elderly father, so that my sister could relax, not being the ONLY person to take care of him, you see, he can be a handful, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I was so upset with GOD, I had made a conscious decision to do something with my life, and now nothing.
So I was mad at HIM, but it was ok, because HE made everything, including time, and HE is eternal, so HE said HE’D wait until I came around to HIS way of thinking.
It was April of 2014 when I came back to North Texas, it was July of 2016 that I had decided to actually read the Bible for the very first time in my life, and it was just after my 54th birthday, when I attended my sisters church for the very first time.
Now, speaking about personal relationships, I’ve had a few, and they have ALL ended. Not through any fault of either of us directly, but I did notice a trend, they were all sexual at the base of it, and because I need to be very thorough in my attempts at relationships, I would always lean in that direction. It finally dawned on me that maybe sex was not necessarily the best basis for a relationship, because sooner or later, that component is fleeting, and you’re gonna have to deal with the other person directly, you know, as a person.
All of my best relationships with guys didn’t involve sex, just dudes hanging out, sometimes making bad decisions while say “Hold my beer”.
So, I decided that the next time I had a relationship, I would want them to be my friend first.
Then, I got to start hanging out with my girlfriend. She was an aquaintance of my sister through the churches that they each attended. She likes to cook, and would always make more than she needed, so she would bring over the extra, and we all benefited from this. This is how I met her.
She had given us some rocking chairs for our porch, and after using mine a couple of times, it started coming apart, I asked if she could help me put them back together, because I’m not about the tools and such, and we, more like she, put them back together, even better than before, better, faster, stronger, oh wait, no, that’s the Six Million Dollar Man! They were better though.
That’s how it started. We spent the weekend putting them back together, making them stronger, and painted them. I have never laughed so much in my life, and I’m the funny one!
Soon after that, a small tornado came through our little community, and tore off the west side roof of her barn. She was devastated, but, not if her animals were hurt, and her house experienced no damage, and after I had cleaned up the small mess that was in our yard, I looked on Facebook, and saw her post, and then I let her know, that if there was anything I could do, I would. Just so happens, I didn’t have a real job to go to, and I only lived a mile away, she said yes please I need your help.
That was the start of us becoming good friends, friends are people who you can rely on, in the most difficult times, even at 3am.
It didn’t take very long to realize that this is who GOD wanted me to be with. It wasn’t very much longer after that, that I had told her as much, and to out the icing on the cake, told her that we would not have sex, until after we were married, if that ever came about.
It’s a promise that I had made to GOD, and it says in the Good Book, better to never make a promise, than to make o e, and not keep it! Especially to GOD, HE don’t like you making promises, and NOT keeping them.
This was kind of a shock to her, but, it was also a litmus test of sorts, if I can keep this promise, maybe I’m worth having around as a man, she hasn’t had the greatest luck in that area either.
Over the Labor Day weekend, we had planned to got to the town in Oklahoma where she grew up, went to High School, and left for college.
The name of the town is Poteau.
It’s pronounced Po-To, like potato, without the Tay, buuuuuut, if you are from around there, it’s pronounced PoDo, like Dodo, the bird that went extinct.
You don’t want people to assume you are from out of town now do ya? Even though your car has Texas plates on it? Do ya???
We went there as a test run, you see, I snore, and apparently it’s something to experience, and while we aren’t going to sleep together, we are going to be in the same room, and she is a light sleeper.
This could make or break us folks.
Also, the Vikings years ago, had trekked across North America, from the East Coast, to middle of the United States, directly to Oklahoma, and left some interesting carvings on stones surfaces, they call them Runes, say it with me ROONS!
They are Rune Stones, and are clear indication that the Vikings made it inland this far anyway.
It was down in a cavernous pit, at the top of a small mountain, a hill actually, but I did have some Marine Corps flashbacks, when we’d climb hills like these back in the day, we’d reach the top, sit and rest a bit, and invariably, someone in charge would say, “People pay big bucks to see views like this!”, to which I would mutter, not this guy!
So, we saw the Runes, I took some pics, to prove that I was there.
We saw some of the places she had lived, some of the places she had hung out, met some of her family, had some really good food, and visited a church locally, you see she and I go to different churches, she likes her, and I like mine, but we both enjoyed this one together, and they were collecting for the devastation the Hurricane Harvey had brought in, and they had also had a fire at one of there local schools, in the Cameron school district. My oldest son is named Cameron, so yeah, I had to give more. Had to.
The great thing about our trip?
She found, that with a small fan on, separate beds, a number of pillows, and some cheap earplugs, she isn’t hardly bothered by my snoring, isn’t that wonderful!? Yeah, I thought so too.
So in conclusion, GOD has a plan for all of us, and we can fight it all we want to, but when you just let HIM do the work for you, your life becomes much easier. It won’t be perfect until after the end of it all, but it will be easier.
By the way, isn’t the world supposed to end today? I’m sure I read that somewhere? Does anyone know exactly what time? Cause I got stuff to do, and I can’t wait around all day. Be Well.