God Gave Me You

24 Mar

I was sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on the 56; trying to get to work on time, listening to The Mikey Show, sipping on coffee when I heard it. Mikey is known for having songs that grab my attention and make me go right to YouTube and search for them so I can listen over and over. This one was no exception.

As I listened to the words coming from my speakers, I began to tear up. Recently engaged and in the middle of wedding planning, I knew that we needed a song. Typically couples have “A Song” from the early stages of their relationship, but I am very cynical. As a true lover of music, but more of words, I couldn’t choose just any song to be permanently tagged as “ours.” It had to be a story; more so, a story that reminded me of us.

As soon as I got to work I turned on my computer and opened I-tunes. I typed in the name of the song, hit purchase, and 99 cents later, I had our song. I listened to it several times that day and the days following, and although I loved the words I was not completely sold on the singers voice.  I began to think of what I wanted in order for this to truly be  our song… Suddenly it hit me, and I knew what I needed to do.

He sings in the Edge at North Coast Church;  a venue known for having the  rowdier crowd and the best worship you might ever hear. A young guy, probably about my age, bald, arms covered in tattoos and a voice that you would never expect when you first see him. He is in fact,  one of the main reasons why “Last Call”, the Sunday night service in the Edge, quickly became my favorite. I cannot tell you how many times I walked into that building feeling defeated, broken and empty, only to leave with hope. His name is Russ and his voice is amazing.

I picked up the phone and dialed the number to our church. The nice receptionist answered and transferred me to his voice mail. I was kind of glad that I was able to leave him a message rather than speaking to him directly, for the risk of sounding like a total dork. Even though we had talked several times at church, a voicemail seemed like a safer bet. I said my name and briefly explained the reason for my call. I gave him my cell number and also my e-mail address, explaining that e-mail was probably the best way to reach me.  I hung up and went on about my day. The following afternoon, I opened my e-mail and there was a message from Russ. He said he got my message and was honored that I asked him to record this song as a surprise for my fiance on our wedding day. For a few  days we went back and forth throwing out different ideas, but I always went back to the way I heard it in my head when I imagined Russ recording it for me; just his voice and the guitar. Initially I  intended for this to be our “first dance” song, but after getting the final copy of  Russ’ rendition, I knew I wanted my daughters to walk me down the aisle to it instead.

The lyrics of this song summed up the journey I walked getting to that aisle. So, hearing this played as I began a new and amazing chapter in my life reminded me of prayers that were answered and some that weren’t.  God gave me Erik; for the ups and down’s in life. For days that are blissful and those that are painful. God gave me a man who brought life and love back into the deepest parts of my soul. This is “our song.”





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