As I walked into the house this afternoon, I looked to my left and saw Will. He was busy, talking away on his phone. As I reached for the door handle to my room, he called to me. “Joe, come here, I need you to do something,” he said. Confused, I walked toward him. “I’m doing it tonight. I’m proposing to Bethany. Please tell any guy in the house to meet at Tigerville Baptist at no later than 9:00,” he said. A smile lit up across his face. The same smile that always crossed his face when he talked about Bethany.
As we heard car doors opening and closing, everyone began to get silent. Bethany was soon ushered into the church by her friends. She was blindfolded as they walked her through the door. We all looked back at her to see her expression when the blindfold came off. It was priceless. She had no clue what was going on. “Am I getting married?” she asked as one of the guys lead her down the aisle.
Bethany climbed up onto the stage and Will took her hand. He lead her to a chair. Bethany was laughing and crying and still completely confused. Will slipped the guitar strap around his shoulders and began to play the song that he had written for Bethany. Bethany continued to laugh and cry hysterically. As Will finished the song he took Bethany by the hand again. He began to tell her how much he loved her and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. At that point he kneeled down on one knee and took the ring out of his pocket. “Bethany, will you marry me?” Bethany paused for a second. “I can’t believe this is happening!!” she exclaimed. Then she said yes. Cheers went up, fist bumps were made. Girls were crying and wiping their eyes. It was a moment I will never forget.
As I made my way to the front to congratulate Will, I almost lost it. My best friend was getting married. It was a crazy thought. I finally got my turn. I threw my arms around him, somehow keeping my composure, giving him a huge bear hug. “Congratulations man. You deserve this.”
And to be honest Will does deserve this. But he has never acted like this was the case. He has never had pride in his relationship or been angry at God for the stuff he faced in his past. No, just like everything, Will, with a huge smile on his face, counts everything as a blessing. He sees this relationship with Bethany as not deserved but a blessing. He is truly an amazing guy, that I wish everyone could know. Bethany compliments him well and keeps him on his feet. It is truly amazing to see God’s plan worked out over a long period of time. As Will was standing up there tonight, he said, “I never would have guessed that I would be here and that this would be happening. I am so blessed.”
Right now I just want to offer up a prayer for Bethany and Will.
I thank you for my brother Will and his bride Bethany. I thank you for both their love for You and their love for each other. I thank You Lord that You have brought them together and that You have great plans for their lives. I thank You for the man You have made Will. I thank You for rescuing him from darkness and suffering and have given him new life. I thank You for bringing him Bethany, to cherish, to love, to lay down his life for. And I know he will. I thank You for the lives You have touched through Bethany and Will and for the lives You will continue to touch through them in the future. Guard their hearts and their minds. Protect them from any things that may try to come against them in their marriage. I pray that You would continue to grow them daily and draw them into a closer relationship with You. Bless them with Your abundant riches Lord. Use them to bless others.
In your name I pray, Jesus, Amen.
Bethany and Will, I thank you for allowing me to be apart of your lives and seeing your relationship with each other and Jesus Christ first hand. God will use you both to do incredible things for the Kingdom. I can’t wait to see what that is.