Today has me marveling at the wonders of God’s love for us. Even in the littlest of things, He desires to be involved. Over the last couple of days I have seen His love in the way He has protected me and orchestrated events for my benefit.
This weekend is a big weekend for our family. Our youngest son is getting married to the love of his life. We are excited for the ceremony, the party, and to celebrate with family and friends. The union of two in the presence of God is a blessing. Love, with God at the center.
But let me back up. Over the weekend we were out of town celebrating the marriage of a friend’s son. When we returned home, our water heater gave out and we’ve been without hot water now for 4 days. Not the best timing, and the process of obtaining a new one that would fit and work has been challenging to say the least. Just when my frustration has hit the max, 2 thoughtful store employees took the time to personally deliver our hot water heater so it could be installed before guests arrive at our home. I could see God’s hand all over this delivery.
You see, my eyes had been fixed on details and problems, on loss and separation, instead of fixed upon my Lord. For 3 days, all I could focus on was the water issues, instead of seeing this as an opportunity to pray and spend time with God in the moments leading up to the wedding.
Time which He so graciously provided by leaving me without hot water and the need to stay home today to await delivery.
This day redeemed, this day in the presence of my Savior. This day to lift my needs and to lift the upcoming joining in marriage of Mike and Catherine. A perfect day to pray. A perfect day to feel refreshed by God.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that God cares about the minute details of our lives and that He will use any means to get our attention sometimes. I’m not saying my water heater was broken by God, but He certainly used the down time to shift my focus back to Him and to allow me the space to breathe and pray. These types of God ordained moments refuel and refocus our lives on the things that matter. Spending time in communion with Jesus is an important daily ritual, but even more so, sometimes He desires our full attention for purposes of strengthening our relationship with HIm. Today was one of those moments, I am grateful for the time with Him and to focus my eyes on the things that matter.
Back to the wedding, it has been an amazing journey to watch two lives center themselves on Christ as their foundation. As their relationship has developed, I’ve watched them making decisions through prayer, praying together, serving and loving upon each other. They have consciously chosen to place their marriage in the loving hands of God for guidance, protection, and growth in both each other and Christ.
As they say their vows this weekend, it is my hope and prayer that they will experience Christ richly in their marriage and they will continue to seek after Him with all their hearts so they will experience life to the full. With Christ as the cornerstone to their marriage, He promises to dwell within them through the Holy Spirit, to grow them into a holy temple in the Lord (Ephesians 2:20-22), and to richly provide for them in amazing ways.
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)