Silvester Thompson : I asked God to choose my wife
Today, Silvester Thompson is happily married to the love of his life, Elicia Allwood, and is giving thanks that God answered his prayers.
In a one-on-one with Family & Religion, Thompson said after coming out of a broken relationship, he was in no hurry to get into another.
"I started talking to God that when the time is right, He should choose a wife for me. I said, 'God, you know my heart, you know the type of person I want,'" he said.
Thompson said although in the interim a lot of women came across his path, he never pursued any as "nothing clicked".
"All that changed one day while I was driving alone in my car. I heard a clear distinct voice said, 'There's your wife'," said Thompson, adding that the voice was so loud, he jumped.
He said he stopped the car and looked up - to see a lady walking across a playfield in his direction.
His attempt at conversion yielded little result, but Thompson said he recognised the uniform she was wearing and took note. Driving away, he said to himself, "This one is bigger than you!".
After making enquiries about the business hours of the workplace of his future wife, he said he stopped working one hour earlier and parked there.
HIS PLAN WORKED
After she left work, Thompson offered her a ride as he was operating a taxi service. She turned him down, but after waiting over half an hour with no other taxi in sight, she reluctantly took up his offer.
Sixteen years later, the two are parents of two boys and are the best of friends.
If Thompson should describe one key ingredient that has kept his relationship going, it is the mutual respect they have for each other.
"How you speak to each other is key. My wife acknowledges that I am the man of the house and I give her total respect," he shared.
After being married for so long, Thompson said he can't recall a time when he and his wife had any serious argument.
"I have an exceptionally blessed relationship: every day I love her more, I feel like I just can't get enough of her," said Thompson with a broad grin on his face.
Although he cannot speak for other married couples, Thompson said, for him, the best thing about being married is knowing that when he is 'out there working', he has a loving wife to come home to.
"Knowing I have a wife who gives prayerful support and someone I can unwind with after a stressful day, that is a total blessing," he said.