The Big Ask

May 18th, 2013 § 0 comments

Thirteen years ago, I raised the risk as a college student, and asked a girl if she would be willing to go on a day-long date with me. My life would never be the same.

The idea came from a last dinner before finals meal at Red Lobster with some roommates and college friends. As we were finishing up our all-you-can-eat shrimp (yes, it was a competition), a couple of guys were talking about how fun it would be to ask some girls out for a day-long date. We would cook breakfast, eat a picnic lunch, and then head out on a boat for a formal dinner at a restaurant on one of the lakes near Auburn. It would be a great way to get to know some girls that we didn’t know very well.

The conversation ended with, “And Ron, if you don’t find a girl within two weeks, we are going to find one for you.” They knew me pretty well as the guy who never promised anything in case I wanted to back out. Not wanting them to find one for me, I had noticed a beautiful girl at our church that I was curious about, but I was reluctant to risk making what is known as The Big Ask.

The first time I heard her speak was when she shared with our college group about her opportunity to witness to some girls when she was competing in a pageant for Miss Auburn. On this same Sunday, I had been asked to teach in place of our college pastor, and I remember looking back at one of my friends with a look of, “This girl is the real deal.” Not only was she beautiful (she had a radiant smile), she was godly as she was not ashamed of the Gospel. What a combination! I thought I was out of my league, but I got her number from a mutual friend anyway and dialed. I left a message, and within 20 minutes or so got a return phone call (she thought I was calling as part of visitation from our church).

My life would never be the same for our date on April 1, 1999, would be my last first date ever again.

First Date 001

That’s me flexing with the full beard. In less than a month, I would act as Jesus in an Easter program.

Wedding Shot

Isn’t she beautiful?

Ukraine Pictures (15)

We would take several mission trips to Ukraine in our first five years of marriage. Ukraine is actually the country Brooke was in when she found out she was pregnant with Emily!

Saturday, Brooke and I will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary as we continue to learn how to raise the risk for God’s glory. The last 11 years have been a journey of having and holding and loving and cherishing. We have experienced for better for worse; for richer for poorer; in sickness in health. And we remain more committed to each other and this relationship than maybe we ever have because we have a more clear understanding of what these words mean – not a perfect understanding, but a more clear understanding.

So on this 18th day of May, I just want to let my love know I still love, I still trust, I still cherish.

I love you Beautiful Brooke.

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