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Monday, November 5, 2007

Divinely Guided

I spent most of Saturday doing some major cleaning. Not the normal dishes, vacuuming, making the bed stuff (although, I did that stuff, too)... I'm talking about cleaning dark corners of the house - going through things that have been sitting in the less-used rooms of the house.

I discovered what appears to be Marc's own life-time supply of his necessities - shaving gel, deoderant, breath mints, pocket knives. If we ever are in an emergency and we can't go to a store for an extended period of time, Marc will smell great! And, if I'm desperate enough I'll smell just like him. Not that he smells bad! Just that I'll smell like a man. Oh well. I guess we need to make an inventory and keep track of what we really need when we go to the store!

So, anyway, it was in the middle of finding his "treasures" that I came across this little white card - smaller than a business card - with a quote on it. In Marc's handwriting it said this:

"I believe I am always divinely guided. I believe I will always take the right road. I believe that God will always make a way, even when there appears to be no way."
- Commander William Robert Anderson

(I had no idea who this guy was, but wikipedia tells me that William Anderson was a naval office and commander of the first submarine to successfully sail under the polar ice cap surrounding the North Pole. Pretty cool, huh?)

So, anyway, I had to re-read the quote for emphasis... and then I thought back to an experience from a couple of weeks ago. I was sitting in one of my classes when my teacher brought up the idea of life being "planned out" for us. I sat back, interested to hear what others would say about it. I was sure there would be others who have seen evidence of some greater plan coming together in their lives - whether they attribute it to their religious beliefs or to some belief in "destiny."

The only vocal people were the ones who thought such an idea was silly. I was left speechless... partly because I needed more time to think through things more clearly. While I don't believe in things being "predetermined," I do believe that there are things that can only come together with divine help and intervention.

I've thought a lot about my own life since that class discussion and tried to explain away the divinely guided moments of my life and count them simply as mere coincidence. No matter how hard I try to do it, I just can't. There are things I've seen come together in such miraculous ways, that there is no other explanation except that God had a hand in it coming together the way it did.

About a million experiences from my mission alone come to mind. Italy is a sacred place to me - a place where I first became aware of the Great Orchestrator of life. The stories I could share! Unbelievable stories... except they are true life experiences.

But, perhaps the divine help I'm most grateful for was finding Marc. It was six years ago this week that we first met. On Halloween night 2001, my roommate Julianna came home and said "Marc found out today that his dad passed away... if you see him, let him know you're thinking of him." To be honest, I didn't even know who Marc was or what he looked like, even though we'd been in the same ward at Church for over two months.

Then it was a week and a half later that the same roommate informed me of Marc being involved in a very serious car accident. At this point, I thought "Holy Cow! Where's this guy's break? Is his father's death not enough?" Then, I thought of my brothers... and I thought of how lonely they would be if they were going through the same awful things being surrounded only by male roommates, who sometimes don't know how to reach out to other men during emotional times. And, I decided I was going to change that.

So, I would seek out this "Marc" at Church the next day and offer my friendship to him... and here's where the story just begins... be continued... :)


Amy said...

I really can't wait to read the rest of this post. You're such a beautiful couple! I know it might sound corny, but I find your relationship and reliance on eachother to be so inspiring...

kaitlin said...

Don't leave me hanging!!

Bryce & Brenley said...

I am totally excited for the rest of the story!

Calamity Jane said...

This again points out that you were picked by dad. Right before he died he asked us to have a family fast for him. None of us knew why. None of us had any idea that he was going to die. When it happened so suddenly I was so distressed for Marc, we all had eachother in Seattle, Marc had no one, I see that our fast helped bring comfort to Marc through you Megan. My dad felt prompted to take care of Marc by holding that fast even though the reason was not apparent. I think this is an example of divine intervention. There is no other way to explain it. It is wonderful to see the hand of God in all things. These family fasts are pretty powerful, I am excited to see what happens next!

Calamity Jane said...

I just realized that I didn't say that the family fast my dad called for was for Marc.

azluvr said...

Where is Paul Harvey? I want to hear the rest of the story.


Marc and Megan said...

Amy, it takes one to know one! You are pretty amazing yourself. :)

kaitlin, we love having you around!

b&b, hi! it's good to hear from you again!

calamity, wow... I didn't know about the fast for Marc (and neither did he). That just adds another new element to our story. I'm so glad you shared that with us. makes me feel all warm inside.

A&E - I love that we got someone to mention Paul Harvey on our blog! The rest is coming soon... :)