This past weekend I was blessed to share in Andrew and Megan’s wedding. It was a great celebration that left me with much more to think about than the pretty flowers and yummy cake. Love was openly expressed, honored, and remembered.
I could talk about…
…the intimate prayer time we shared with the bride on the eve of her wedding day
…when daughter and father first saw each other and hugged and cried
…how the groom looked upon his approaching bride and simply and softly spoke “You’re beautiful”
…the unscripted kiss on the check from the groom that could not wait to be told “You may kiss your bride”
…why the sound of Journey, the touch of Jon, and the sight Meg and Andrew together as one was a perfect ending
No, I will not get into the nitty-gritty-gonna-make-you-cry details. There are too many!! I will let the bride (who needs to reactivate her blog) do that.
I will however share a word that will describe an over-arching theme of their wedding. And, no it is not L word! It’s faithfulness. God’s faithfulness, his tenacity to make good on his promises, even though we are not all that good at keeping ours. It was encouraging to watch God answer so many prayers all in one day! Nothing beats watching a man and woman enter into the holy covenant of marriage. As Paul wrote, “This [marriage] is a huge mystery, and I don't pretend to understand it all.”
A wedding day [or other significant occasions] is hard to relinquish to a God that is not even mentioned on theknot.com. Yet due to the immense importance we naturally place on a wedding day it is a perfect opportunity understand with even more conviction that God is faithful. That is, if we advance him such authority. Getting to experience faithfulness requires trusting that God is sovereign. The more we give God to regulate the more opportunity there is to experience his faithfulness.
Allowing others to take responsibility for details that personally involve our deepest desires is hard. Allowing God such responsibility is even harder since trusting his very existence requires faith. But be encouraged, our Lord understands that wedding days are important. He is worthy of our trust. Don’t forget that his first miracle was at such an occasion. Yes, the first time the world experienced the power of God through the incarnate son was at a wedding!
I know the benefits that come from trusting God to work out the details of life that are closest to your heart. God has his finger on our pulse, if only let him have his way with such intimate knowing. Not a word of God’s mighty promises he gives to humanity falls to the wayside. Each promise is amazingly spoken and powerfully made alive. God has promised to work all things out for good.
I was most excited for Megan and Andrew because I knew that they had entrusted much to God. I am thankful for that because, as I wrote, it affirmed that God is indeed faithful.