Rebecca West: Words & Music

Our Online Romance
by Rebecca and Bob West with the Holy Spirit

Epilogue

Rebecca and Bob engagement photo 2009

The Three Year Gift
by Bob West


On Thursday, May 7, 2009 I called Rebecca on the phone and we heard each other's voices for the first time. I asked her to marry me and she said "Yes."


Exactly three years later on May 7, 2012 Rebecca received another call. This time it was from God saying, "Come Home my child." And angels who had been waiting nearby took her to Jesus.


It was also back on Thursday, May 7, 2009 that I wrote the following in an e-mail to Rebecca: "I forgot to mention when we were talking on the phone that earlier this morning I had a thought. I think it was from God. The thought was that some day it would be good for you and me to write a book together -- our love story -- which God could use to bless others. This is not necessarily what it would be, but I'm thinking that it would start off with each of us telling a little of our own stories (what happened before we found each other) including our struggles, success and failures, warts and all. You would write about yours and I would write about mine and then the third part of the book we could write together. It would be our love story, and how the Lord restores that which the devil had stolen. Just a thought, and something to keep in mind. Maybe it will give you some ideas. But that is a possible project for us sometime in the future. I was just thinking that we should keep copies of our e-mails, etc., for source material and reminders if we do write such a book."


Later that day Rebecca e-mailed me her response: "I read about the book idea ----- Our Love Story --- did not have a chance to reply until now .... I love that idea!! It's brilliant!! Just when I think I can't love you more ---- I get another e-mail from you and I love you even more!!!!!!! We will relax --- enjoy each other ---- work on our book that is the most romantic love story on earth! That was from the Lord, sweetheart. I love it!"


I don't remember either of us mentioning this again. I forgot about it and I guess she did too. Then about a year after her passing I ran across the file with all those e-mails on my computer. And I thought, "This would make a good book." I did not remember that we had talked about it previously. I was thrilled to discover that Rebecca and I had actually planned to write this book together. And using quotes from her autobiography, we were still able to do that even though she was now in Heaven.


I kept thinking about how little time Rebecca and I had together. Just three years! And the thought of three years had brought to mind Jesus' ministry -- the three years He spent with His apostles. But I quickly put that thought out of my mind. My focus was on me. Poor Bob! I had really thought Rebecca and I would be together many more years, so her passing was quite a shock to me.


Then on Monday, June 11, 2012, I received the following e-mail:




Bob, that is a beautiful and tender obituary. Three years is such a short time to share mortal life with Rebecca, but that's how long Jesus shared his mortal life with the Twelve.


Our "hope of glory" grows ever sweeter, doesn't it?


In brotherly love, Harold Key




In my response to Harold I acknowledged his comment about the three years and then changed the subject. I did not want to think about the three years. It was too short a time.


Now it was Tuesday, June 12, 2012.


I had a dream the night before in which I received a blessing (represented by a dessert -- a delicious slice of coconut cream pie). I reached to take hold of it as I hurried past, but it slipped through my fingers. I turned to catch it, but it was already on the ground and dust had settled on it. I woke up thinking about the dream and wondered what blessing the slice of pie represented. Then Harold's comment about my three years with Rebecca came to mind. And I understood that my three years with Rebecca had something in common with the three years the twelve disciples spent with Jesus.


Now that I was listening, the Lord told me that His presence was so strong in Rebecca's life that my three years with her was much like the three years the apostles spent with Him while he was on earth. The significance wasn't just that in both cases it was three years, but by a very strong presence of the Holy Spirit Jesus had been living on earth (in Rebecca) with me for three years. Thinking back over those three years I could see how true that is. But it wasn't until the Lord pointed it out to me that morning that I truly understood how fortunate and blessed I have been. And how much Jesus really loves me!!!


What an HONOR! And what a BLESSING!


And so I repented of thinking "Woe is me. I only had three years with Rebecca." Now, I rejoice that I had those three years with Rebecca who loved God (and me) with all her heart. She made it easy for me to be her servant leader. We were in alignment. I looked to Jesus for leadership and she looked to me. We were soul mates. We were kindred spirits. We were one with the Holy Spirit who was guiding our lives as directed by Jesus and Father God. I'm glad we had those three years together.


When I shared this with my daughter Suzanne who lives nearby, she responded with the following note:


Very true, Dad. I remember having a similar conversation with you during one of our drives to the Hospice hospital. Rebecca was truly a gift and a blessing to our entire family.






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