the story of Anne Hammond & Nat Williams
In April 2008, Nat and I were chaperones on a high school trip to Illinois. I’m not sure why, but something clicked in my mind on that trip and I suddenly realized Nat was a very godly man who loved the Lord. I began to sporadically pray about Nat and wonder to the Lord if Nat could be “the one.” After that trip, I took a friend into confidence and told her what I was thinking. It just so happened that around that time my Pastor was preaching a series of messages on accountability and the importance of being accountable to someone, so I asked my friend if she would keep me accountable regarding my thought life. I didn’t want to think about Nat or begin to dream, as girls are so prone to do! I praise the Lord for my friend who did a great job in asking me “how are you doing?” when I was at weak and struggling moments. My friend kept me accountable for over a year and was truly used of the Lord in my life.
In August 2008, I headed back to Thailand to help some missionaries ~ completely excited and thrilled to be following the Lord’s leading! Two months later, Nat came to Thailand with a small group of men from my church and then stayed an additional two weeks after the men returned home. As I watched Nat interact with the missionaries and my co-workers, I liked what I saw…
Be careful that your efforts to “be prepared” for whenever God brings you into a courtship don’t leave you with a narrow view of how He will work. Be careful not to construct a formula in your head as to how a courtship should look. And above all, be careful to submit every aspect of future romantic relationships to our Father…including how you think they’ll look and play out. Because as many courtship books remind us, God really does write the best love stories.
-Jessica Telian in "Real life isn't always like the courtship books"