I love hearing a good love story. It’s fun seeing how God brings two people together time and time again. It never gets old.
But what does get old is hearing only the ‘good’ side of the couple-story. I’m not looking for the ‘dirty’ side by any means. I only mean that life is messy! People are too! And God loves to get ahold of that kind of story!!
So excuse me please for stepping out of the white satin-lace mold for a minute. I’d like to get real with you if you don’t mind.
The thought of planning a wedding made me want to take a nap. I was never one of those who had everything mapped out in a fussy wedding scrapbook since childhood. In fact, I ordered my wedding dress (and bridesmaids dresses) from a magazine. I’m sure I drove those helping to organize and plan our wedding absolutely wedding crazy! My answer to their questions was always some form of, “Really, I don’t care.” We had even seriously considered the idea of eloping!
What I had dreamed about the most was what my life would be like after the wedding. It was going to be wonderful. Perfect! Why, I had been a good girl. I deserved a good life, void of any problems. I followed God with my whole heart. I desired His will for my life and marriage…
or did I?
What God was about to show me was that His view of ‘ideal’ and my view of ‘ideal’ was very different. I honestly believed if you followed and obeyed God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength and pretended you didn’t have any problems, He would bless you in ways that would make life… well easy, pleasant, holy.
It has taken a long time but finally I am able to see how wrong I was.
And how thankful I am.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing POWER is from God and NOT from us.” (2Cor4:7)
God gives each of His children treasures and they are often hidden in jars of clay.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18