I can remember the very first time I saw my husband, Felipe. I even know the date. It was April 12, 2007.
I had just started serving as a missionary with YWAM Belo Horizonte. I had been in Brazil just a few days before unknowingly laying my eyes on my future husband. I can remember the night quite clearly. I was excited to participate in my very first YWAM base service, and guess who was preaching that night? My beloved...
I can remember shyly sitting there at the service. I was the new girl, and I knew very little Portuguese. It was a
little LOT overwhelming, so needless to say, I was very thankful for the provided English translation of the service. I was expectant about what the Lord would speak to me, full of hope and faith for my future in Brazil.
That night, as Felipe began to preach, I thought, "Wow, cool guy! I really like his heart." I remember enjoying his preaching and the funny stories he told, and I could clearly see Felipe's heart for working with children at risk. Felipe preached about "calling" that night, and I was inspired in my calling as a new missionary.
Much time passed before Felipe and I actually met and became friends. We really were "just friends" for a long time before we dated and then married. This phase of being friends is kind of fuzzy for both of us. Knowing what I know now (and did not know then), I wish I could go back in time and just observe both Felipe and myself - just for fun!
When I began working at the Lighthouse Community Center, Felipe became my leader and this is when we got to know each other better. I grew to really respect and appreciate Felipe's heart for the Lord, but it was only at the "right time" that God brought us together for His purposes and His glory. It was like a bright light was suddenly shining on Felipe. God was singling Felipe out to me, showing me to be open to starting a relationship with him.
Last night, Felipe preached again at the YWAM Belo Horizonte service. He challenged us all to be strong and bold for the Lord - to advance the Kingdom of God with courage! As Felipe was sharing, I was sweetly reminded of the first time I heard him preach, in the exact same place, almost six and half years ago. Wow! So much has happened since that night! Back then, I never would have imagined that the funny, inspiring guy preaching would become my husband, my best friend, partner for life, and the courageous leader of our family. I am so happy and thankful the Lord brought us together in His perfect timing!
Note to you single ladies out there: The person you least expect could be your future husband. Wait on the Lord's timing, seek Him first and allow Him to reveal His purposes for your life. I did not date for 11 years before Felipe and I got together. During those years of singleness God did so much in my life, and I had the opportunity to have amazing experiences working, traveling and serving the Lord. Be encouraged - God loves you and wants the best for your life. His timing is perfect!