We talk a lot about the admonition to “man up and marry the sluts”. Could it be? Did I read an article that told the story of a pastor and his wife offering up their son as the recommended rescuer for the teen single mother they had been ministering to?
I was trouble. I only went to church on rare occasions. I didn’t like going because being there made me feel guilty. Guilty about sleeping with my boyfriend. Guilty about drinking on the weekends. And guilty for swearing like a sailor when I wasn’t within earshot of an adult.
To my credit, I was lost and looking for love in all the wrong places. “Trouble” really got herself into trouble when she found herself pregnant at age 17.
She got herself turned around:
When I accepted Jesus’ forgiveness, the guilt was gone, I went to church, and I worshiped God.
I also prayed for God to bring me a godly husband someday. I didn’t know who would want to get involved with a single mom, but I dared to hope.
And her prayers for a husband and father for her boy were answered:
When Cory was born, John (the pastor’s son) reached out to me as a friend. I liked him. He was sweet … and then our mothers started playing matchmaker.
Yes, you’ve got that right: The same woman who told John that I was trouble was now encouraging him to ask me out. Why? She saw God’s transforming work in me, and she dared to hope, too.
Fast-forward through a very lovely dating relationship, and John and I married when my son Cory was just 9 months old. (John officially adopted him a few years later.) God answered my prayer.
She hopes to one day be able to be a mother in law like the one that found her husband for her:
I’m hoping to be a mother-in-law just like Darlyne. I know now what a beautiful mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship looks like. And I also know how prayer makes all the difference.
This situation may or may not be a perfect example of redemption. I have no idea. But it definitely serves to encourage the mantra that we hear from the Driscolls of the world. It would be best, in my opinion, that Family Life not publish this stuff as some form of encouragement.