I understand that maybe God has someone planned for me outside of my age range-either up or down. In your example, the older one was the father-it usually is, but let's say the tables are turned. John, would you be willing to go up 18 years and date a 47 year old? There is nothing wrong with people dating others much younger or older, but I'm saying I'm not there yet. I'm attracted to people my own age, who have things in common with me.
I'd say your first statement is right on target, Marita. Being open to God's plan eliminates all the worry. I do agree that you have to be comfortable with whomever you are getting to know. But, God just might surprise you. I didn't even want to date my husband and tried to avoid him, but he was a persistent fellow and we had 34 good years together.
If we limit who we will consider based on age, height, education, etc., we take the choice totally out of God's hands and limit God's efforts to offer us a happy life. Just my two cents. Thanks for starting such interesting threads.