December 19, 2014

K is for King

(No definitions this week...I am pretty certain we all know what a King is!)

I thought today I'd share a piece of our personal story with you instead!

Most people when they hear my name & hear we call our home TheKingsMountain, well they assume it's because it's our last name. And while that may be partially true....there is a bit more to the story. (anyone who knows me, knows...there IS ALWAYS more to the story!)

A young couple met in youth group and eventually went on a blind date (that's a whole other story-those who have heard it will's worth the tell!) They couldn't have been more different, this "Suttle" girl and this "King" of a boy. So much so that when they started actually dating, the leaders thought for sure this would never last.

Three years & one month after that first interesting blind date, the "Suttle" girl became a "King." Now as fairy tales go...she did marry a King afterall, so this must be a fairy tale, right? Now as fairy tales go...the 2 should have moved into their castle high on the hill & lived happily ever after.

God had other plans for these two. They moved into the family farm house and lived there for many years as renters. God was good to them & blessed them with a son, whom they both loved dearly. (Yes....princes have parent's too...we just never hear much about their lives before they meet their princess & fall madly in love.) 

Life was not always easy for them in that old stone farmhouse. It was drafty & cold in the winter time, except for the living room by the woodstove. It could get a bit too warm in the summer. Time passed, the young King grew, attended school, & played with friends. God had some lessons for Mrs. King (it's a little confusing if you call her the Queen, what with her last name being King!) God had some lessons for Mrs. King to learn along the being contentment and another a deep compassion. (These are gifts Mrs. King received over the years in that precious farm house. And they can be stories to share for another time.) The King's overall were a happy family, but they had their share of ups and downs as husband and wife...they even went through a time when they didn't like each other very much at all. GASP! Yes...that can happen even in a fairy tale! As for the young King, well...he wasn't an angel either. He definitely had his moments, but that too is a tale for another day.

During this time, they searched far & wide to find a castle to call their own. Once again their differences were evident, yet God had a plan for these 3 King's. The "King" boy now a man & father would love to live in the mountains, far away from civilization. The "Suttle-King" girl now a woman & mother prefers to live near people...but NOT in the city, please. They searched and searched for years. It seemed as if the King's were destined to live in the farmhouse or down in a hollow for the rest of their days. And while this was a good place to live, it was not their dream castle. But alas, God did have other plans. Wonderful plans...but let's not get ahead of ourselves in the fairy tale.

One pretty spring day. many years into the search, Mrs. King was cleaning up the kitchen, for they did not have a maid! And she came upon this little booklet...a booklet that had plagued her for several weeks and she really just wanted to toss it away. This book had castles or rather lands that were up for sale. They had put off asking about the lands in this particular book, because they didn't want their hopes of a castle to call their own to be dashed again. So Mrs. King had tucked it away, only to find it again today.

She decided it was time to inquire just so she could toss the booklet that plagued her family. But alas, God's other plan had started to happen. For you see, when Mrs. King inquired into the lands that were for sale, she found that while the lands in the booklet were not for them...there was a new piece that had just been brought to the agents might just be the perfect piece of land for their castle. Well, the King family didn't wish to get their hopes up too much, because it was a very desirable piece of land to the wealthy land developers in the quaint burg. 

The quest had begun, and since our tale has gotten long and there is SO MUCH MORE to this wonderful fairy tale story...let me just say this. THE KING of KINGS had destined that this particular mountain be the place where "We 3 King's" were to build a castle to call our own and it was the perfect blend of the "Suttle" girl and the "King" boy. For you see, they live atop a mountain in their little burg with 31 acres of woods, yet at the bottom of the hill resides their friends!

When the King's acquired their little piece of the mountain they wanted to honor all that God had done for them. So they decided to name their "castle" TheKingsMountain. Now most fairy tales end with a moral to the story...I am certain we have not reached the end of this particular fairy tale just yet for the castle is yet to be completed. But I can say with all certainty, that God is still writing their story...lumps, bumps, bruises, smiles, laughs, tears and all. And for now the King's are quite content in their partially finished castle atop the mountain above their little burg after celebrating 25 years of marriage-both the good & the bad that has crossed their path along the way. Together, the "Suttle" girl and that "King" boy along with the once little King love to see what the KING OF KINGS does on a daily basis to watch over their little castle atop the hill.

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Lisa Betz said...

A great post by a great storyteller.

shelly k said...

Coming from you, Lisa...that is a high compliment indeed!

Kathleen Rouser said...

Thanks for sharing your story. It's nice to get to know
you a little better and learn how God has worked
in your life.