Rachel looked at the man sitting across the table from her and realized that she loved him more than she had ever loved another person in her life. That awareness brought a fine tremor to her fingers and she set her water glass down before it became noticeable.
Jake was watching her closely and saw her expression shift slightly before she reached out to put her glass onto the table.
As he studied her, his love for her mushroomed inside and he felt he might burst from the immenseness of it. He knew he had found the one person that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Now all he had to do was persuade her.
He noticed his own fingers tremble slightly at the thought and was dismayed at himself. The Lord had given him the strength and courage to get through life so far. Nothing really bothered him now.
But this …..
The words came into his heart, making him smile slightly. Okay, Lord, he prayed. It’s in Your hands.
They finished their meal and pushed the plates aside. As they waited for the server to come and take their plates away, he drew in a deep breath and reached out to clasp her hand that rested lightly on the table.
He waited until her eyes met his, and then said, “Rachel, I love you.”
He watched the emotion fill her green gaze. She turned her hand over to return his grip.
“I love you too, Jake.”
He reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out the small box that had been burning a hole in his pocket for days now. He opened it and held it out to her.
“Will you marry me?”
Her softly indrawn breath and shimmering eyes told him what he wanted to know, even as she nodded those glorious red curls.
He picked the ring from the box and slid it onto her finger. He had not wanted to go with the traditional diamond, and instead got her an emerald that matched her eyes.
Not normally one for public displays of affection, he decided he didn’t care who was around; and leaned over to press his lips to hers.
“I love you.”
When he settled back into his seat, he realized that the server was standing behind him, having come to get the plates.
The girl glanced at the ring box that sat in the middle of the table and then at Rachel’s shimmering eyes. She looked at Jake and grinned.
“Did you just ask her to marry you?” Jake nodded “And you said yes?” Rachel smiled and nodded. “Oh, congratulations!”
She reached out to shake Jake’s hand and then leaned down to give Rachel a hug. She picked up their plates, then hesitated before walking away.
“What are your names?”
Jake and Rachel looked at each other, surprised.
“I’m Jake. And this is Rachel.”
“Jake. Is that short for Jacob?”
“Jacob and Rachel.” She thought for a minute, then her eyes widened. “Jacob and Rachel?” At there bewildered nods, she laughed. “Like in the Bible. Jacob and Rachel. Joseph’s parents.”
She laughed again, as her comparison registered in their minds. “Do you read the Bible?”
When they nodded, she said, “Then you know what I am talking about. That whole story is one of my favorites.” She nodded at them “I think you two were meant to be.”
She walked away, leaving them staring at each other in awe of God’s loving kindness.