The first day we had arranged to meet didn’t work out, so our plans changed. I was to go to Richard’s apartment on March 10th. Satan tried literally until I left my mother’s house on the day I went to Richard’s place to dissuade me. And it was funny, after we left, I wasn’t nervous at all on the way there…until I saw his front door. My heart was racing as I approached, but I was determined…God loves me and He told me to do this, I’m sure of it, so I’m going to do it.
Richard let me inside, smiling. I didn’t have a clue how to even go about asking him to let me wash his feet. But it had to be the first thing done and gotten out of the way. To my surprise…he somehow knew what I was going to do, and he had a plastic tub and towels prepared for me, hidden away and ready in case that was the thing I was going to do. He told me after that the Holy Spirit spoke to his spirit telling him what I’d do before I ever got there, and he said, “Lord, if that’s it, I’m going to take it as double assurance, so if You don’t want me to marry her, DON’T let that be it!”
And so the mystery was solved as to why I had felt so strongly not to tell him what it was I was told to do – and why it was so important.
So, trembling, I washed his feet, and poured out the vial of perfume, saying it was a symbol of my love for him. He told me after that he even knew before I did it that I would say it was a symbol of my love for him…the Lord just blows me away!
Richard’s side of these events are amazing. I still love hearing it when he tells anyone the story of how God put us together.
At one point that evening, Richard said to me, “You know this means you have to marry me, right?”
I was shocked to hear those words at first but also glad. He had met me…in person…and had still said this. He had let me wash his feet and had been so gracious to me the entire day. The devil was trying to scare me away from the whole thing and tried to convince me this either wasn’t real or wasn’t going to work out well – or work out at all. But I knew somehow, I knew inside that this was right. Looking back on it now, I still know it was right! And no one can convince me that it wasn’t the Lord’s hand at work in many ways, to bring us together.
Richard walked me home. It was a crisp, cold night outside. We chatted the whole way. I remember the moon was huge – it was a Super Moon, that night.
As I wrote this part of my Testimony, I went back and reread the passage the Lord used to tell me to wash Richard’s feet.
You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
“Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”
He certainly has! What an awesome God we serve!