I have known my husband, Joseph, for many years – since I was 14 years old to be exact – and had known I would marry him for a couple years before we were engaged. So when my husband graduated college and college was coming to an end for me, and after two years of dating and talking a lot about marriage, I had known that he would propose on our two year anniversary, November 29, 2005.
We had talked wedding dates before our engagement – is that weird?? - and I knew it was coming. But lets rewind a bit to the beginning of the fall season that year. School had started for me and the excitement of Thanksgiving and Christmas coming soon was buzzing in the air. I don’t know about you, but I love school. And so each year that school started was an exciting and joyous time for me.
My husband had attended a local Christian high school before attending the private college we both went to, and had a couple of favorite teachers there. One of which was integral to Joseph’s learning about the Bible and how to study it. On an awful day late that fall, this teacher had a heart attack in his classroom during lunch and passed away. He was in his forties and had a family with young children. Their family was suddenly in dire need.
Joseph attended a memorial service at the school for the teacher. They began a collection for the family since their finances were suddenly rocky from losing their main source of income. I came to find out later that Joseph had done something risky. Courageous. And one of the most generous things I’d ever heard of. I didn’t find out about this until after we were engaged, but Joseph had felt the Lord speak to him very clearly that he was to give the money he had saved up for my engagement ring to the family. He was only a couple weeks away from proposing, the ring was being designed by a jeweler, and the payment was going to be due soon to take the ring home. He told me later that he was nervous but felt so strongly that he was supposed to do this that he was inclined to obey immediately.
If you were to have him retell this story to you, there would be no doubt in his voice, no quiver in his posture, nothing to give any sense of regret in his decision. The Lord led and asked something of him, and he obeyed. Plain and simple. But now Joseph was without the money to pay for the ring. He was too close to his planned proposal day to save up more and wasn’t willing to go into debt over it since he had just graduated college.
So what was he going to do?? Come back tomorrow to hear how the Lord provided miraculously! xo