Bondo

A long time ago, to a place called Valley Bible Fellowship, there came a girl named Jayme Richelle Lueck. The boy who was called by name, Alejandro Roberto Gonzaga, noticed that this girl also worked at a Berean Christian bookstore near him, and he also noticed that the same girl was not as friendly as he would have liked towards him (no one was, for Alejandro was dumb in both meanings of the word; and besides, who wants to talk to a butthead who won't talk back to you?)...

And so Alejandro had various crushes on a veritable plethora of non-eligible girls, none of which endured the test of time (or the will of Almighty Jehovah, for that matter). And Alejandro was left brokenhearted and all too desperately wanting a friend in the shape of beautiful hair and gorgeous curves (did I say she should love the Lord with all her heart?)...

And so, one fateful day, Alejandro and Jayme's mutual friend, Missy Peaker (whom Alejandro had an ill-fated crush on at the time) introduced them to one another at the nearest Berean Christian bookstore to them. Jayme worked at Berean and Alejandro needed her professional assistance in engraving a Bible of his. And she agreed...

And she liked him. And the Lord said, "This will be good, but it isn't yet. I must scourge my children because I love them so" (Hebrews 12)

And Alejandro and Jayme became good friends, and they exchanged Christmas cards, and Valentine's Day cards, and they even prayed together. And now Alejandro no longer had an ill-fated crush on Miss Peaker...

But Alejandro had fallen in like with Jayme, and he told her. And a voice came to Jayme in the night, "You are not going to marry Alejandro." And Jayme told Alejandro she had liked him, but not anymore, because the Voice had said she was not to marry him; and would you, Dax, still like someone you knew you weren't going to marry? And Alejandro told his mother, and he cried. But Jayme still cared very much for Alejandro, in fact, she even loved him...

And he loved her...

But Alejandro gave up his right to get married, and promised he would serve the Lord without a helper (Genesis 2); even alone would he serve the Lord.

And so Jayme and Alejandro remained friends, and they still talked, and shared, and yes, even prayed together. And then one day Alejandro found out he was accepted to the dreaded university called by name, Cal Poly, SLO.

But Alejandro was blinded by his pride and his own desires, and he accepted the world's invitation to that dreaded place, Cal Poly, SLO, breeder of arrogance and materialism and atheism and hatred toward the Creator of all.

And as the time came for Alejandro to leave, Jayme began to think to herself, "I am really going to miss Alejandro. Shoot."

"Bang," said the Lord, as Jayme and Alejandro found themselves talking late the night before he was to leave to that place, that dreaded place, that--anyway... they were talking late, and he asked her, and he said, "I would just like to know how you feel about me, before I leave," for Alejandro suspected Jayme had feelings for him. And she answered him, and said, "I thought I wasn't attracted to you anymore, but now I don't know." And he left.

And he returned, for the Lord had allowed Alejandro to leave in order that He would change him, for Alejandro needed change, and he still does. And the Lord spoke softly to Alejandro at that dreaded place, that place that has now been redeemed in Alejandro's eyes as necessary in the Lord's plans, and He said to him, "You may date Jayme, my daughter." And he told her...

And she said in her heart, "Hmmm... Yeah, right, Alejandro." And Alejandro spoke to her, saying, "If I don't marry you, I will serve the Lord alone," for Alejandro had given his right of marriage to His Master (Exodus 21:4), to give him a wife as He pleased. And the Lord spoke to both of them, and He said, "I want you to date each other," and they gladly said, "Yes, Lord."

And he loved her, and she loved him.

Part II

And the Lord had said something else at that place called by name, Cal Poly, SLO; He said, "I want you to go away on a mission this summer." And Alejandro balked in fear, and said, "Who am I, Lord, to go far from home, far from family, far from my Mom? Behold, I have spent the past two months away from my home, and now Thou hast asked of me to travel away for another two months." And the Lord spoke softly again, and said, "I want you to go away on a mission this summer." And amidst feelings of fear and excitement, Alejandro replied, "Yes, Lord."

And Alejandro and Jayme dated, and they enjoyed the company of each other. And they passed one month, and they loved each other, and they passed another month...

Before the heat of the valley had settled on the city of Bakersfield, the time arrived for Alejandro to leave. And as Jayme drove Alejandro to the airport, he told her, "I love you," and she replied the same, "I love you, too," and it was all they could bring to their lips.

The mountains of Ecuador met Alejandro and his team with a bitter cold vengeance, and he knew he was in for a good time. In between hunger and hard work and the glory of Almighty God found in the near-heavenly mountains and stars of Ecuador, Alejandro heard the voice of the Lord again, saying, "I want you to go to Moody Bible Institute." And the same fear and excitement met Alejandro on that mountain in Ecuador, the same as he had encountered in that dormitory at Cal Poly; but now he had learned to earnestly and quickly say, "Yes, Lord."

Now at this time Alejandro wrote the other Love of his life, Jayme, and told her of the Lord's command. But Moody Bible Institute is in Chicago, and at the thought of Alejandro leaving her again, she cried...

But the Lord came to her, and comforted her, for He knows the plans He has for His son and daughter, plans for their welfare and not for calamity, to give them a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Now while Alejandro was enjoying the toil and sweat and joy and glory of service in Ecuador, Jayme remained at home enduring the toil and sweat of school and work, and the joy and glory of church and family.

But the Voice still puzzled Jayme, and she longed to ask her pastor. Alejandro and Jayme had discussed the Voice, and suspected it was the voice of the Adversary, who had a will to come between Alejandro and Jayme. And Jayme asked her friend, Mark, about the Voice.

And Mark agreed the Voice was that of the Adversary, and the Lord told Jayme at that time, "When you and Alejandro are married, you will help Alejandro, for he needs a Helper." And at that time the same words came forth from the mouth of Mark, and Jayme knew she was to marry Alejandro...

Behold, the Lord brought Alejandro home, and he and Jayme shared for a long time their experiences of the summer. And Alejandro finally realized what the Lord had also been saying to him that summer, very faintly, for the Lord now told the two of them together, "I want you to be man and wife, one flesh to serve Me." And amidst great feelings of reverent fear and glorious excitement, they answered, saying, "Yes, Lord."

And through painful struggle with the Adversary, and joyful happiness found first in the Lord, and second in each other, Jayme and Alejandro willingly love each other, and follow the Lord, and will continually follow Him to the end.

The Beginning


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