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Topic: Reward (09/27/04)

TITLE: Confessions of a Love Sick Stalker
By Melanie Kerr
09/30/04

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I have to confess to have once been a stalker!

My family had long given up the idea that I would ever get married. In the large family that I came from it made sense that someone had to be the maiden aunt and as years went by and I brought no young men home for the family's approval, that role was allotted to me. I wouldn't say that I gladly embraced the notion, but without the young men to prove otherwise I was stuck with it. I had also become serious about my faith and I think they were fully expecting me to join a mission field and take a boat up the Amazon and preach to the pygmies. Being single seemed essential for that kind of thing.

You can well imagine that it came as a shock to them, and frankly quite a shock to me too, when I actually fell in love. I'd had my share of romance and experienced those looks across a crowded room, but this was something on a different planet. I wasn't looking for romance and the person in question, who later became my husband, and still is my husband, had some time previously been weighed up, carefully measured, and in my mind, quite definitely found wanting. Maybe the brain had decided he didn't measure up, but my heart did not agree. Please do not ask me what my criteria was, just bear in mind that I never got over Donny Osmond getting married.

I had all the classic symptoms. I was not eating, not sleeping properly and I blushed guiltily. I could barely string two lucid words together when in his presence. It was totally inconvenient and not the response of a grown up adult.

I began stalking him. I knew where he worked and that he brought his lunchtime sandwiches from a certain bakery in town. I am very embarrassed to say that I hung around on street corners hoping for a glimpse as he walked by. I placed myself strategically in places that I knew I might meet him. I lived for the reward of just glimpsing him. It changed my day.

If I saw him, I would walk away smiling. The birds would seem to singing just that little more sweetly. The sky was a little more blue. The world was turning as it ought. We have all been there. If I didn't see him, the day would be so much greyer and my steps a little heavier. My world on those days simply stopped turning at all. I was in agony. I was thirty three years old and behaving in a very immature way.

This period of obsessive activity thankfully didn't last long. No court orders were slapped into my hand banning me from coming within a hundred yards. Now that we are married I can see my husband anytime I like and his smile still has the power to change my day.

In the book of Jeremiah, God makes a promise. "You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all of my heart. I will be found by you." The reward of seeking God is finding him when we seek him with all of our heart. God has not hidden himself. His presence and His smile have the power to change our days.


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Kenny Paul Clarkson10/04/04
This reminds me that our greatest rewards are often the over-looked every-day things in our daily lives.
Lynda Lee Schab 10/04/04
I wonder how many of us have actually stalked once or twice (or ten or twenty times). The only difference is most would not admit it! LOL I love your honesty and the comparison to seeking God.
Great job!
Blessings, Lynda
Phyllis Inniss 10/04/04
Seek and you shall find. You sought and you found. Blessings.
Glenda Lagerstedt10/04/04
Amusing, interesting, and heart warming.
Lucian Thompson10/04/04
I always said you have to be aggressive when you see what you want. Donít leave it for someone to scoop up. That goes for your blessings, also!
Teresa Lee Rainey10/05/04
Melanie, I love the way you confessed to stalking your husband and then tied it all in with the reward of seeking and finding Christ. Well done.
John Hunt10/07/04
Melanie,
This was a very cute story, a delightfully light use of the topic this week.
Good job!
Joanne Malley10/08/04
Melanie-
Cute story line! Looks like the "stalking" paid off and I enjoyed your spiritual application of your article.

I have to confess...I relate to the crushed heart when Donny Osmond got married! LOL
Joanne
L.M. Lee10/08/04
Absolutely delightful! I'm glad you found the two loves of your life! :-)