Each week at church we sit roughly in the same spot. Most everyone does. We always sit behind a young lady. She looks like she is in her early 20's. I don't know her very well and can't remember her name right now. We know she is an aide at an elementary school. We exchange pleasantries and greetings and "have a good week" with her every week.
When I look at her, I see myself 14 years ago. I have been going to that church for 14 years now. I was in my young twenties and didn't know anyone. Eventually I became a little bit more involved in the church but I always sat by myself week after week. After a few years I started to sit with Charlie. First as friends. Then as a dating couple. Then as a married couple. Soon we were bringing our baby to church every week. Then we were a couple again as we enjoyed an hour of quiet with Laci and eventually Calvin in the nursery and Sunday school.
As much as I enjoy looking at myself 14 years ago, I am more looking forward to watching this young lady's life unfold, hopefully still at our church. I look forward to seeing who she starts to eventually bring to church with her and I look forward to watching her family grow someday.
Speaking of future spouses, I was watching a Bible DVD with the kids yesterday. There was the story of Isaac and Rebekah. I told Laci that I pray for her future spouse. She then said "I also look forward to finding out who your son-in-law will be." I love that instead of her looking forward to meeting her husband, she said my future son-in-law!