A Night of Engagement: Will and Bethany’s Proposal

Tonight, I saw my best friend Will, propose. He had told me on our way to Charleston, Sc., a couple weekends ago, that he wanted to propose over Christmas break. Today though, he decided instead, that tonight was the night to do it. This post is a re-telling of watching my best friend propose to his bride.

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.

 
I have now known Will for close to four years. We had been roommates back at Charleston Southern. Will was the first person to reach out to me in the midst of the darkness of my addiction and he loved me. He told me if I ever needed to talk, he was there. Even when we left CSU, Will made sure he kept in touch. That was a huge reason I ended up at North Greenville this fall. Will is more than a friend, he is closer than a brother and I love him as such.
 
Anyways, he had met Bethany at a summer camp, the summer that we left Charleston Southern. Ever since, Will has been in love.  I mean I could tell from how he talked about her that he was crazy about her. I didn’t get to officially meet Bethany until last year, when I was up visiting North Greenville University. But when I did, I could tell from the beginning that they were made for each other.
 
I have witnessed Will serve his bride and his Lord during my time at North Greenville. Whenever Bethany has needed anything, he has been there for her. No matter how far he had to go out of his way, he went. No matter the cost, the price, the time, he was devoted. He would drive to her house just to tell her goodnight. In a society filled with non-committal, relationship-last driven people, Will has stood out in my eye. He is the epitome of Ephesians 5:25.
 
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her.”
 
It was now 8:45 p.m. I hopped in my housemates truck and we soon arrived at the church. Will’s sister Ana, came running up to me giving me a huge hug. We had known Will the longest and this meant a whole lot to both of us. As I came in and sat down at the front, it just really began to hit me. “My best friend is getting married,” I thought to myself. More and more people began to file in and soon the front half of the church was filled. Soon Will got up and spoke. He told us about the plan and how he had written a song for Bethany, over the last three years of dating. Each year he had added a new verse. He thanked us for coming and then we began to wait. Soon, Bethany would arrive.

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.

Dear Lord,
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.

Blessings,
Joseph.

 

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