I was so excited for the date. He came 30 minutes early…so I guess he was pretty excited too. I ended up eating a bowl of Rice Chex in my bedroom while I quickly finished getting ready. We took the 30 minute drive south to Castle Dale. I remember thinking how ugly the drive was. (I did learn to love it though) Jake drove me down to his cattle ranch where they kept all their horses. He saddled up two horses and off we went in the middle of January on a ride. I didn’t notice the cold at all! Well, it was during this ride that I fell in love with Jake. As we walked slowly on our horses and flirted, we learned a lot about each other. I told him I wanted to see how fast he could run on the horse. Jake was more than willing to show off for me. He explained I would need to hold really tight onto my horse so that it wouldn’t run too. Once we got set, he put the spurs to his horse and he was off. As I watched him, I knew...it was love at first sight! That feeling was way beyond infatuation at first sight. I felt a deep stirring inside my heart that was new, different, unlike anything I had ever felt before! I fell in love with Jake the first time I saw him riding a horse like a true Cowboy.
After we were married I always loved watching him on the farm and riding his horses. I realized the power of this love at fist sight experience a year or two after we were married. I was really upset with Jake for some reason, I can’t remember why…but it probably had something to do with spending too much time on the ranch and not enough time with me. Well, I was going to drive down to the ranch and tell him why I was so mad. As I was making my way down the winding dirt road I came upon a lot of cows being herded to a new location. The cowboy moving them was Jake. I was still mad and just followed along in the car waiting for Jake to come over so I could talk to him. Then it happened…a couple cows got too far off the path and I saw Jake put the spurs to his horse and take off running through the brush after the cows. My heart melted. I felt the same way I did all those months/years ago. I fell in love with him all over again and I was no longer angry with him. Jake running on a horse stays in my mind, my “love at first sight” moment. It was the one thing we had that could bring the rush of true love back into my heart and heal any wound I was feeling instantly.
Fast forward 8 years…
So my question for all of you is this…Even if you didn’t experience love at first sight…do you have a love at first sight moment? Can you pinpoint the very moment that you fell in love? Does it have the same power my love at first sight moments have?