Unanswered Prayers

(Warning…I’m going to post cheesy song lyrics and say sappy things)

Friday night Dave, mom, dad and I went to a new restaurant called Pleasant Valley Grill. FLASH BACK: Anyone remember my old boyfriend Josh from high school? Well his mom owns this restaurant and he was there waiting tables. I haven’t seen him in 6 or 7 years. He came over to our table and said hello to us when we got there and before we left he talked us into ordering some coconut cream pie…we didn’t chat much other than a hello and how’s your food. Why do I bring this up then you ask? Let me take you back in time……In high school Josh and I were inseparable. We dated for 2 years…and I would have bet 1 million dollars that I was going to marry him … I was that sure! I was devastated when Josh left on his mission and thought without a doubt I’d wait for him, I remember thinking I would die if I couldn’t be with him. Ha ha! ….I wrote him faithfully…for a while, but things turned out a bit different than that (much too long to explain). Long story short…drama…drama…more drama…and it didn’t work out. I’ve come to conclude that my crazy 19 year old brain took a while longer to mature than most….that is the only logical explanation for some of the things in my past that I like to block out of my memory. I thought I knew what I wanted and how I wanted me life to turn out. But heavenly father knew better. He knew what was in store for me. When I look back on me 5-10 years ago…. It’s weird to think I was me. Of course I was me…but now I’m me in a different way….a better way. I am so incredibly grateful for Dave. I just can’t say it or think it enough. He truly is more than I could have ever dreamed of. He is my best friend. He makes me want to be a better person. Never in a million years would I have guessed my life would turn out how it has. And I am SO GREATFUL that it did. I am thankful to my heavenly father. I am thankful to my family. And I am thankful to a husband who by himself had the courage to seek out the truth. To study, pray, and gain a testimony of the true and everlasting gospel for himself. Without him having the courage and humbleness to do this and accept the gospel, we would have never met. I don’t think we would have met had one thing been different. I’m sorry to be so incredibly sappy, but it’s true. I actually accidently heard the words to that song before I even thought about putting it in this post…I swear! To add to all the sappiness I’ve created I’d like to wrap this post up with an oldie by Garth Brooks…”Unanswered Prayers”…. Ya know that one? Of course you do. Well…on Friday night as I thought about the past and everything that has transpired ….this song couldn’t ring more true! Here are the words…read them (I altered them just a bit)

Just the other night a hometown football game

My Husband and I ran into my old high school flame
And as I introduced them the past came back to me
And I couldn't help but think of the way things used to be

He was the one that I'd wanted for all times
And each night I'd spend prayin' that God would make him mine
And if he'd only grant me this wish I wished back then
I'd never ask for anything again

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

He wasn't quite the angel that I remembered in my dreams (no offense)
And I could tell that time had changed me
In his eyes too it seemed

We tried to talk about the old days
There wasn't much we could recall
I guess the Lord knows what he's doin' after all

And as he walked away and I looked at my husband

And then and there I thanked the good Lord
For the gifts in my life

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

The end…


Nat and Dave said...

Ahh the good old days!! haha! It's amazing how hind sight is always 20/20

Craig Family said...

Cheesy and sappy are always the best when it comes to love and life lessons. And Garth hit the nail on the head, didn't he. I'm so glad you're prayers were unanswered too because we love Davo and love you guys and know you were meant to be. Cute post, Nanny.

Jana said...

Okay I am laughing so hard right now!! We go to PVG's all the time and my sister in law has become friends with Josh because she eats there so often. I have always tried to figure out why he looks so familiar. Last week we played the "do you know" game. I still didn't put two and two together until I just read your post. How funny!! He looks a little different now, as we all do.