This handsome young man could be her one.
His name is Garrett and he’s a gentleman, which is probably the reason she fell in love. He uses his manners and smiles at everyone he meets, and he wrote 100 promises when he gave his lady love a “waiting” ring.
And she’s a lady, through and through—Karaline— our kind and gentle “KareBear.”
Even though they’re only in high school, this grandmother can imagine them in a solid marriage one day.
Grandparents have that sense, you know.
After college would be my preference, but more than anything, I want God’s will for her life.
Thanks to their youth group at church, Karaline and Garrett are protecting their future with boundaries set today. They’re careful about spending too much time alone together and they are saving physical intimacy for marriage.
And his eyes reveal how he cherishes her. It’s so obvious. He can see her as his bride, walking toward him in white, to become his wife, his treasure, forever. He can imagine her bearing and mothering their children. He can picture himself growing old by her side.
These two youngsters are wise old souls, with their faith as their center.
Several times I’ve shared with her about my relationship regrets and a few mistakes I hope she can avoid. I’ve mentioned the importance of open and honest communication about everything that will one day become a part of married life and raising children. She listened and is still asking good questions. She wants to use caution and good judgment because she trusts her Garrett to do the same. And so do I.
Of her concerns, my advice is usually, “Ask God,” or “Wait on God.”
“But, I’m in love, Grandma, and I don’t want to lose Garrett. What if he is attracted to someone else or what if he wants to date other girls?”
True love waits, Daughter. God’s plan promises, “It’s worth the wait.”
And there’s a huge payoff in the here and now and the happily ever after—a beautiful union for life and life more abundantly, as two become one.
Trust God, the One who loves you both the most, to guide you and to be there when you wonder what your future holds.
Remember, Children, He only has your best in mind.
…so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:28 (NIV)