This Story about places will link=up with the Five Minute Friday crew.
Off they went, far off to Mississippi, to pastor a small church. Over the next few years, they served God in several places. Along the way, they adopted a girl and a boy. Of course, the next month, they learned they were expecting a child .. a boy. They were all happy and served the Lord together. Before long, they moved back to Georgia. They were living in a small town south of Atlanta called Barnesville.
Meanwhile, back on a farm in Wisconsin ...
There once was a girl who lived on a dairy farm.
Her father wanted her to marry a neighbor boy so that the families could consolidate the farms and have a great big farm business together. This did NOT sound like a good idea to the girl.
Other people loved how she sang and played the piano. They said, "You would make a great pastor's wife."
"Oh no", said the young girl, "I don't want to be a pastor's wife."
So she went away to college in Kentucky to get a degree. She got a degree in computer science (which is very funny now because she and machines really don't get along. She always has to have help with her computer.)
As clear as a bell, she heard the Lord speak to her, "You will marry a widowed man with children." "Hmmm..." she thought.
Well, the idea was so crazy that she just tucked it away, but did not tell a soul about it.
After college, she moved to the south (Columbia, SC to be exact) to write computer programs. She enjoyed the work, but what really tugged at her heart was teaching the children at church.
Back in Georgia about this time...
a sad, sad thing happened. The preacher's family was on their way to school. As they made the left hand turn, their car was struck by a log truck. It was so sad because the mother and daughter could not survive their injuries. The older boy remained in a coma for nearly a month.
The younger boy, who was 8 at the time, had already been dropped to his school. This tragedy made him and his dad very sad. It was so hard to go to school. Every day, he wondered, "Will this be the last time I see my dad?"
Back in Columbia, SC
On Wednesday night, the computer girl went to Bible Study. The pastor shared a prayer request. He shared about a terrible car accident involving the pastor's family in their home church over in Georgia. This girl's heart was saddened. She wondered, how will this family manage without their mother and daughter? She prayed for them diligently.
It wasn't long before the pastor's wife began to talk to the computer girl about going to meet this broken-hearted pastor and his sons. She had the idea that the computer girl would be a good wife for the sad preacher. The girl thought this was a crazy idea. "This pastor must be much older than her", she thought, and it didn't seem like a feasible plot. But after much pressing and urging, the young girl decided to go to Georgia with her pastor's wife ... just to make her stop bothering her about it.
She went to Georgia and sang a special at the church that Sunday. Everyone there knew why the girl was really there. Everyone but the preacher, that is. He didn't have a clue ... until people began to tell him he should call the computer girl.
Well, that was a little scary for the preacher. He had not called a girl in over 15 years. And he didn't think that this young girl would be interested in a preacher with two boys.
But the girl remembered what God had told her years before,
"You will marry a widowed man with children."
This eased any fear when the young preacher called her and asked to see her. So she said, "Yes he could come to call on her."
Well, that was 28 years ago and the beginning of a great and wonderful romance that continues today. The computer girl was me and the preacher was my husband, Michael Farmer.
We have raised his two boys and another boy and a girl. What a beautiful family God has given us. They have joined in our ministry and made our lives complete.
This Sunday, August 13 is the day we met, 28 years ago. We celebrate how God used my pastor's wife to bring two people together that would never have met each other any other way.
There is an interesting side noteThe girl who would NOT marry a farmer, and NOT marry a pastor, married Pastor Farmer!
Doesn't God have a sense of humor?
Happy anniversary of the day we met, Michael Farmer.
I love that you are a preacher!
I love that you are a Farmer.
I just plain love you!