A Testimony of Divinely Ordained Love
This is a true story about real love. It is the story of God's invisible guidance, the bringing together of two souls, in order that they might fulfill the destiny God had planned for them. It is the story of Leroy Grey and Vonda Williams.
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THE STORY BEGINS
My relationship with Vonda actually began 7 years and 7 months before we found each other via the Internet, in October of 2004, and began sharing our hopes and dreams. It was April 4th, 1997, at 3 AM, when God gave me the dream that would change my future. It caused me to suddenly sit bolt upright in bed. I knew, beyond a shadow of doubt, that this dream was from God and I had to write it down. But it wasn’t just a powerful dream. When I awoke I felt God’s presence; I sensed that great peace and joy I regularly feel each morning during my daily hour-long mediation. In my dream I saw a woman with brown hair who was in her 30's. Here is most of the dream:
I was with a group of young women & men (20's and 30's). I was very much attracted to one woman; we were in spiritual union but she was still fairly young and uncertain [actually I mean uncertain in the sense of inexperienced, but it was I who was truly uncertain because of a fairly large age difference, feeling that it would be too much to believe that someone that much younger would truly be in love with me].
I kept thinking she was attracted to another guy. In fact, she was, but he was her second choice, I was her first. Finally, she came right out and said what was on her heart, that she was interested in two men in the room - pointing to a fellow to the right of me and then pointing in my direction and saying, "You are my first choice". I thought she was referring to the guy behind me and pointed to him. She shook her head no. When it finally dawned on me I was overtaken by remorse for almost missing this opportunity that God had given.
At this time I was suddenly transformed by the power of the Spirit. It was like a series of dynamos had been suddenly switched on as I acknowledged this woman's place in my life, as a wife. I then began to teach her what the spirit was teaching me. In my dream I knew I was dreaming but I also knew this was wisdom to be shared with others.
Suddenly my new wife was holding a box - like a shoebox without the lid. It had been partially eaten by the ravages of time and insects and rodents, being so full of holes as to be unable to hold any valuables. Just as suddenly a piece of paper appeared in my hands. It was, as most paper is, limp and without form. As such, it could likewise contain nothing of value. I then remember the feeling that came over me as I was instructed what to do next. I felt powerful but totally at peace. The strength of our unity and the sense of our mission and purpose were unquestionable and unshakeable. The love was not just the love between two people, between man and wife, though that was there, but we were so infused with God's agape love that I felt we could move mountains.
I then took this piece of formless paper and wrapped it around her holey box. Suddenly both of our ineffectual containers became one container into which I saw invisible hands placing time, and money, and all the resources (physical, mental, spiritual) of our one life, into this box.
The substance of what we each contributed to this container, the flat sheet of paper and a cardboard shoebox with holes, was earthly and perishable - but the contents of it, the substance of our life consecrated for the service of others, was eternal. But there was more...
There was more to the dream, but it is not time to share it all. I underlined those key elements that I used to determine if Vonda was indeed "the one". First, as mentioned in the dream, there has been this undeniable spiritual union between us. We both felt it early on, especially when we began talking online. Many times, we were so anointed that we didn't need to say a word and both of us just basked silently in God's presence.
As we now know, God was guiding each of us throughout the years, preparing us for one other. The proof of this was confirmed in another dream I had forgotten. Right after I arrived in Vonda’s hometown of Shelbyville TN, intent on marrying her, I noticed this single sheet of paper sticking up out of my satchel full of papers. I pulled it out and began to read. It was dated September 16th, 2004, just about 4 weeks before we met online, and 3 months before arriving in Shelbyville. Here is what it said:
Last night was a night of dreams and I believe some of them to be prophetic. The prophetic ones were first, a series of dreams... I believe there were three. In each of those three dreams the same woman appeared. During each dream I was given the certainty that she would be my wife and I would meet her soon. I felt that God was speaking to me - that both she and I were being made ready for one another and the time was near at hand. I awoke with these understandings still fresh in my mind.
There’s more to this story about the hand of God working towards our meeting online.
My final divorce papers came through in May of 1996 (my previous wife, after marrying me, returned to her alcoholic ways, would disappear for days, and repeatedly committed adultery with an old drinking buddy). A year later I had my prophetic dream. And seven years after that, Vonda and I met on Christian Cafe, a Christian online service that helps Christian singles meet one another. This was in early October 2004.
However, prior to our meeting I had gotten discouraged with Christian Café and my 7-year search for Vonda. So, when my Christian Cafe account expired I had no intention of renewing.
I found out later that after my Christian Café account expired, Vonda got online and placed her profile. Months after that, Christian Cafe offered me a 5 day "Get re-acquainted" free membership and I decided to try one more time.
Once I rejoined Christian Café I made a decision that was not normal for me. I almost never looked at the profiles of women without a picture. And since Vonda didn't place a picture with her profile, we might never have met. But this time I felt certain that I should look at women's profiles with no pictures. That's when I read Vonda's profile. Her essay answers were what attracted me to her and I decided I should get to know her.
But only much later, when I arrived in Shelbyville 3 months after viewing her profile, did I discover even another way God intervened to bring us together. Vonda told me she decided to go online just before we met, because her profile wasn’t getting much response. She intended to change her entire profile and add a photo. However, once she got online to change everything, she felt God telling her to leave it just as it was... no picture, and a totally honest, creative, obviously sold out to Christ profile, in which she shared her desire to serve God. Had she made those changes, we would never have met.
Soon after Vonda and I began corresponding, it became obvious to both of us that God was in our meeting. Every time we wrote emails or talked on the phone we were both being anointed mightily by God's presence. Both of us noticed this and remarked on it, especially about how powerful the anointing was. However, whether that meant marriage was another matter. I had no experience whatsoever with anyone handicapped and Vonda was forthright and very honest about every aspect of what I should expect.
A brain inflammation, most likely caused by a viral infection, from either a tick or mosquito bite, left her in a coma for two months, followed by 5 years in a wheel chair, unable to walk. Two years prior to our meeting she began to walk, using two canes and walking very slowly.
Her speech was also impaired by that viral infection and I had to be very patient and deliberate in my conversations. Since my dream revealed nothing about the woman being handicapped, I could have easily ended our online relationship as she began to reveal the full extent of her disabilities. For me, a person with no disability experience and having known no one who was disabled, it would be normal to avoid such an awkward situation.
However, I kept remembering parts of the dream I had April 4, 1997 and re-read it. Then I began to see each part of it being fulfilled: 1) the anointing by God that was awesome; 2) the unusual unity we felt with each other; 3) the sense of mission and purpose spoken of in my dream was obvious once she read my book, “$ecret$: 12 Principles of Prosperity for Spiritual Entrepreneurs” (she not only agreed on every point but told me she wanted to likewise serve God); and finally, 4) the part about her making a choice between me and a younger guy happened about a month after we met, when a guy she had been interested in for some time, let her know he was interested in her. When she revealed this, I fretted in my heart briefly because I had two distinct disadvantages. I was 20 years older and I was 500 miles away. But I discussed this with a woman friend at work, then prayed about it. The end result was I gave the whole situation into God's hands, and felt a great peace.
When all parts of my dream were finally fulfilled, including the part about her choosing between me and a younger man, I shared the dream with Vonda. She told me she already knew I was the one. She was just waiting for me to love her back. From that day our love grew by leaps and bounds.
All this would be well and good, had this been the end of God's miracle working power in bringing us together, but there is more. First off, I needed to sell my RV, to assure we’d have a good financial foundation on which to build. The several thousand in savings I had just wouldn't be enough to give us a good start, especially knowing I would have to find work in a small town with few opportunities.
However, I’d tried to sell my old 1976 RV many times in the past, at least 6 times. Not only did it never sell, people told me it's book value was only about $3,000.
But this time, when I prayed about selling it again, I saw two things. First, I should put at the beginning of the ad the words, "GETTING MARRIED SALE". Second, I should say I would sell it for "$5,000 firm". The day before I left to see Vonda I sold my RV for exactly $5,000. Turns out the man needed an RV for temporary living quarters, while his house was being renovated. He would save many thousands in motel bills, so $5,000 would be a bargain. And I got the money Vonda and I needed to get a good start, an unimaginable win-win situation for both of us.
There were many other incidents that reveal the hand of God in our getting married, but I'll only mention one more. This one is pretty awesome.
Vonda and I wanted to get married as soon as I arrived. It was so obvious to each of us that God was joining us together, why wait? However, I could see that her family needed some time to get to know and accept me. I certainly had to convince her mother I was OK, because she was honestly fearful of her daughter meeting anyone on the Internet. She even said, several times, “How do I know you’re not an axe murderer”.
For many, this would normally indicate the need for a long engagement. However, Vonda and I were convinced that January 15th was the right date, less than 4 weeks from my arrival. In our heart we believed this was long enough for her family to accept me, but not so far in the future that we would give into temptation and sleep together prior to marriage. Neither of us had ever refrained from sex before marriage in the past, and God was leading us to realize we needed to do this God's way, to abstain from intercourse prior to marrying (this turned out to be one of the best decisions either of us had ever made, for it allowed a depth of trust to grow that neither of us had known before).
Believe it or not, everyone came around to accepting Jan. 15th. Better still, when we were invited by one of Vonda's friends to attend a local church on New Year’s Eve, that date was confirmed prophetically by her Pastor. We didn't know him from Adam but her friend, Trish, invited the pastor to come over and pray for us. His prayer was awesome. Not knowing us or this story, he touched on the unity of our heart, the mighty anointing that God had placed upon us, and he confirmed January 15th, telling us that many would be negative (which they were) but not to listen to them, for we had God's blessing. He also prophesied that we would have a powerful ministry that would change the lives of thousands.
If you wish to write to Vonda (she would especially like to hear from disabled women who wonder if anyone will ever love them again) you can email her here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leroy can be reached at this email address: