"Jill, Dan is totally in love with you," Sharon said one cold frosty December morning.
"I am not interested," I said, as I looked down at my desk. I had just moved into my farm and I was totally overwhelmed. I guess I was complaining about my loneliness, and Sharon offered hope. Dan was a teacher at the high school I was teaching at with Sharon. He belonged to our little social club of like-minded-born-again-teachers. He came faithfully every morning to our prayer group and social outings. He had already asked me out, and I had said no.
But I was feeling that she had a valid point. He was the first person at my farm the day I bought it, he always encouraged me, and he was one strong Christian. These were the traits I was looking for in all of my friends and he truly fit the criteria.
That night, I started my prayer, when I felt the Lord say into my spirit, "You are going to marry Dan."
The seed had been planted. Christmas Eve service was magical with each of us holding onto a candle. I love Christmas and the evening service is the highlight of my year. I love to sing Silent Night, Holy Night, and on this particular night, it was snowing. Dan sat next to me, and I grabbed onto his strong arm for support, because I began to cry. He patted my knee when we sat down.
That's when I knew that Dan was possibly my soul mate, my protector, and husband. On January 6th of that year, I invited him over for dinner. I felt that God was speaking to me so strongly about marrying him that I would "test" and ask Dan if God was saying the same thing to him.
"Dan, is God saying anything to you about me?" We were sitting in my sun-room and he was playing with one of my dogs.
He looked at me as if he had just swallowed a golf-ball. "Yeah...." he said.
"What?" I asked.
"I'm not going to tell you," he said and laughed slightly.
"Well, God is saying something to me and I was wondering if he was saying the same thing to you," I paused to see if he was going to say anything. We sat there awkwardly looking at each other.
"What is he saying to you, I want to know," I could hear the sound of hope rising in his voice.
"He told me that I was going to marry you!" I started to laugh nervously.
"He told me the same thing! But I told God it was impossible! I was walking one day, in fact it was September 1st, and He said that not only was I going to marry you, it would be within one year. I told God, that He has the wrong girl, because Jill won't even go out with me," like a spigot, he poured out all that he had suppressed.
Dan and I fasted and prayed for three weeks, and on January 27th we got engaged on a snow capped hill in Chester County, Pennsylvania. By June 21st at the age of forty-one, we married each other for better or worse on the front porch of our lovely farm.
After seventeen years of marriage, through ups and downs, we have found stability and strength from each other. Miracles do happen, for the world had me believing that I was more likely to be struck by lightning than getting married.