“Dad isn’t it my choice whether I can live with it or not? It’s in the past, her past, before she ever even met me.” Nathan said sitting down at the table facing his father.
“Son, you’re too kind. Your mom and I taught you well. We prayed for your future spouse when you were small, just a baby, as a boy, through all your growing up years. We… we want the best for you. This…she…it’s not it.”
“Dad, I love her. She’s the one. Can’t you trust me on this? I know it in my heart. I feel it in my bones. She is like no one I have ever met.” Nathan said as he held his father’s eyes.
“I’m sure there are things nice about her. But not the things that count the most. I think you’re forgetting how you made a commitment to wait. That is a hard promise to keep for any man, especially in this day and age. You deserve someone who has held the same promise and kept it.”
“Dad, you don’t understand. I’ve prayed about it. I’m at peace with it. She isn’t the same person she once was. She came to Jesus and he has forgiven her. We haven’t even kissed yet. We rarely even hold hands Dad.” Nathan pleaded as his father only shook his head.
Gina his mother was in the dining room listening in as she set the table. She too was extremely disappointed in the news that their only son had shared earlier in the week. He had declared his love for a girl he had met at the beginning of his final year at OSU. They were in a couple classes together and then ended up at the same Campus Missions meetings.
Now they were both graduated and Nathan was ready to get on with his life. He had always wanted to have a big family. Lots of kids, to make up for the brothers and sisters he thought he had missed out on. His parents had a wonderful relationship and he couldn’t wait to meet the woman of his dreams that God had set aside just for him.
That was just it though; Gina thought to herself, how could this girl be it? Thankfully she had at least been honest with Nathan when they became close friends. She had had a serious boyfriend early on in college and they had been intimate already. They of course broke up and she regretted it. Nathan said there was more but that it was even more personal. Even more? Gina’s head spun just at the ideas that gathered in her mind! This girl just wasn’t good enough for her son. Jack agreed with her. He was in the kitchen trying to talk some sense into the boy.
“Nathan you deserve better than her. She isn’t the one for you. She betrayed our beliefs before you ever laid eyes on her.” Jack’s words were no more out than Nathan stood.
“No Dad, you’re the sellout. You are the betrayer of our beliefs. You are saying that God’s forgiveness isn’t good enough. What Jesus did is not enough to cover Ashley’s sins. You are the one who is wrong. I know it and God knows it and someday here on earth or in heaven you will know it." With that Nathan stormed out of the room and went to gather his few things.
He prayed as he packed. He entered the living room and kissed his mom goodbye. He was just at the door about to open it when his dad spoke again.
“Nathan, son, wait. You were right. Forgive me.” His father spoke in a calm tone. The one Nathan knew well.
“Forgive us.” His mom added as she stepped closer, “Please invite Ashley over for supper we need to get to know our future daughter-in-law.” His mom smiled, whipping a tear from her eye.
Nathan put down his bag and smiled back, “Thank you and I’ll need to ask her first” He continued with a smile. “Although I know her answer, I’ve been talking to God about her for a long time now also.”
He then went back to his mom and hugged her. His father soon joined them in one of their traditional family hugs.
Then Nathan added, “My soul knows she’s the one too.”
Nathan thanked God for the work he’d done in such short time, He was an amazing God!
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