When I awoke Friday morning, April 21, I did not imagine that I would be Devin’s betrothed by nightfall. I was blissfully unaware as I sat in Adoration that morning, praying that Devin have a blessed day, that Jesus was smiling to Himself with the knowledge of Devin’s true location. I had no clue, when I left school at 3:50, that Devin was driving around Deming in a baseball cap and sunglasses, to hide from my eyes in this small town.
No clue. How delightful! 🙂 So, how did it come to pass that I was engaged to Devin by Friday evening? Well, read on.
Earlier in the week, my parents invited me to dinner with them Friday evening at Palma’s Italian Restaurant, where Devin and I had shared our first meal. How fun! Friday evening came, and we had just arrived at our table at Palma’s when the cell rang; Dad handed it to me. It was Devin–yay! “Why don’t you go talk outside, Katie?” Dad suggested. Okay.
I carried the phone outside on the sidewalk, the place where I had first met Devin, where he began to speak in a sober voice. “Katie, lately we’ve been discussing engagement, and I want to tell you that I’m just not ready. I’m not totally sure of God’s will, and I need more time.” My heart sank; was Devin preparing to break up with me? I tried to calmly reply that I appreciated his honesty, but, before I could say more, Devin said, “Well, now I don’t need any more time,” and ended our call.
Suddenly, he was behind me, wearing a tie and holding roses and grinning broadly. Devin? Devin!
In the space of a breath, my reeling brain halted on the “We’re going to break up” track and switched gears to “I’m receiving a proposal.”
Next, the realization penetrated that Devin was reciting Hosea: “I will betroth you to myself forever” which we had read for Lent together.
Then, he was kneeling. “Katie, will you marry me?”
Thankfully, I had already clearly discerned my reply should Devin ask for my hand, or I might have said nothing, so great was my shock. 🙂 But, I had discerned and was able to reply, “In the name of Jesus Christ, through the help of Our Lady and St. Joseph, I will marry you.” Then, Dad was snapping photos, and we were hugging, and there was general hullabaloo.
It was wonderful and exhilarating and romantic! Yet, underneath all the excitement, a deep peace rested and still remains. I will be Devin’s wife in Christ, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. This is a holy call from God. We are honored to oblige. YKC!