While God put up the original sign, I didn't exactly bound down the path with reckless abandon. Instead, I fought against the idea of getting romantically involved with Chris. I didn't know if he felt the same way, and even if he did, he lived in Kansas. I LOVED our friendship, and I wasn't sure I was willing to risk that friendship for something that wouldn't pan out.
But as the weeks went by, we kept finding more and more reasons to message each other. I had no idea what to do with any of this, so I said to God, "What am I supposed to do with Chris?"
The next day, He responded with an impromptu trip to St. Louis.
(Moral of the story: Ask and you shall receive.)
I texted Chris and told him I'd be headed to STL if he wanted to join me. He quickly responded and we started making plans. I sent him a list of possible activities and he countered with some ideas of his own. I offered to do a helicopter tour of the city and he offered to come to the Cathedral to check out the sacred art.
I arrived to the hotel first. I had booked our hotel room with TWO BEDS. There was a booking mistake, however, so our room had only one king. Clearly God wasn't suggesting that Chris and I sleep together, but I have to admit laughing when I walked into the room and realized the error. Just another neon sign to add to the list.
I asked the hotel to switch our rooms (for two beds). Chris arrived a few hours later and we went out for dinner. We also grabbed some wine and beer before heading back to watch TV.
The next morning, after breakfast, we did the helicopter tour, a museum and began to head to the Arch.
Alas, on the way, we got into a pretty intense fender bender. A careless truck took out the entire side of Chris' brand new car! Thankfully, neither of us was injured, but his car was wrecked. We got into a rental and didn't let the wreck slow us down. We hit the Arch next and I can honestly say it blew me away.
Before going, I didn't see the point of the Arch. It just seemed like a silly tourist trap. However, after seeing the Arch through Chris' eyes (and how excited he got over all the engineering marvels that went into creating it), I understood. We had a really good time!
The next morning, we set out to figure out lunch plans before heading to the Cathedral. Somewhere during those plans, Chris decided he was going to answer the question that seemed to plague both of us: Is there anything between us?
So he kissed me. He leaned in, tilted my face up to his, and he kissed me. And I most certainly kissed back. *Grin*
So that's how Chris and I became Chris and I. What a reason to rejoice when I entered that Cathedral later in the day!
God is good. In all things, God is good.