Valentine Feature: Tim and Lamona Gunter

Tim Gunter, director of bands, thought he was just leaving for a mission trip from the Little Rock airport in April 2014, but something else was about to happen.

As a woman waiting for the same flight introduced herself to him, “I instantly knew she was ‘The One’!” Mr. Gunter said about his future wife, Lamona Gunter.
Cue the true love bells and whistles, which Mr. Gunter says were going off in his brain on full power.

“It was all I could do not to let anyone see it,” said Mr. Gunter, who was traveling with the Arkansas MasterSingers to Ukraine.
Mrs. Gunter, however, said she had a completely different reaction.

“It was not love at first sight for me, and we tease about it a lot, but he’s the most persistent man I know and he eventually wore me down,” said Mrs. Gunter. “What I knew immediately, by his character and his love for the Lord, is that he was the kind of man I had always hoped I’d find. But, it probably took a year or more for me to be really convinced that I loved him.”

Before they met, it was sometimes difficult for each of them to believe that there was someone out there for them.

“I was 59 years old and had accepted that I would be single for the rest of my life. It was sad and lonely at times, but God is always there with me,” said Mr. Gunter.

Both of them have learned a lot about trusting God in their circumstances through the waiting, dating, and marriage process.

“Always wait on the Lord – be patient. God’s plan is always better and so much more sweeter! Proverbs 3:5-6 are verses I have quoted to myself for years, many times a day – they have never rang more true than God leading me to Lamona at the perfect time,” said Mr. Gunter.

Because of the emphasis on relationships in college, the Gunters also have some advice for college students.

“Don’t get caught up in making marriage the ultimate goal or end-all in life. I can tell you that many years ago, I thought I would go to college, find the perfect guy for me, and get married. But it doesn’t work that way for everyone, and that’s ok,” said Mrs. Gunter. “Don’t get discouraged, but desire to serve the Lord in all you do, and to be used by Him and trust in His plan and provision for your life.”

Mr. Gunter quotes Proverbs 3:5-6 as his advice.

“‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path,’” said Mr. Gunter. “ Focus on your relationship with God first, and trust Him in all things at all times. Don’t rush things on your time with your plan. Pray, read your Bible, and trust Him.”

Photo by Jessica Sawyer

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