Sheila flew from Manila to Louisville, Kentucky as a middle aged bride. She asked God for one last chance at marriage. She had so much to offer her American groom whom she found in an internet dating site. She had education, long track record of employment, no financial baggage like children or debt, no vice or expenses other than basic needs and a heart full of hope for a loving husband she could grow old with.
Out of 37 replies to her profile she picked out the man from the south of Kentucky. He had long blonde hair and mustache that looked like a character from a western movie. He was thin at 5'11" with strong arms and spoke with a voice like a country singer.
Three years later Sheila was divorced and alone. It took another four years before she could decide to move on with her life. It meant physically moving out of that state where she had invested on a condo unit, found friends and a comfortable routine.
She had grown familiar with the roads and highways. Moving meant she would have to learn new traffic laws, highway exits, location of malls, theaters, etc. She would be leaving friends hard to find in these last days. (2 Tim 3:1-7)
She would spend a lot of hard earned money for the transition like car shipping, flight, new apartment and household items that are too heavy to ship but will have to be replaced.
She would miss the seasons which are more defined in Kentucky where the summers burn and the winters freeze, the springs and falls are scenic.
Life unfolds beyond our understanding. Sheila didn't want to leave Manila and now she doesn't want to leave Kentucky. However, there is a point where one wakes up and realize an anchor has been lifted by an all powerful hand. It is time to sail on. "Continue to rejoice, to be readjusted, to be comforted, to think in agreement, to live peaceably, and the God of love and peace will be with you." (2 Corinthians 13:11)