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Friday, July 22, 2011

When things seem to be going wrong

The few days before a wedding truly falls into the essence of crunch time.

I'm standing as the best man for my friend Jason's wedding. It has been a crazy few days running around getting ready with the tuxes, the rehearsals, the dinners and lunches, and just the coordination of everything that is wedding. Mega (Jason's fiance) is a coordinator so she took it upon herself to utilize her expertise in planning their own wedding. I feel like I'm running around more up here than I would in Africa if I was running from lions and cheetahs. The thing that stands out to me in all this is how calm and relaxed they are in preparations.

Yes, they are physically busy, but there is a peace inwardly that keeps them on an emotional cruise control through this wedding. I've known so many couples that literally freak out through the wedding process that we can't even make any requests or changes to the schedule, but not with these two. If something comes up, then they just quickly adapt and change towards it. No bridezillas or groomtroopers here.

As I've observed them, I've noticed what it was that was keeping them calm. There is a saying that "happy wife = happy life" and I can certainly say that is true on so many levels. But beyond that, I see a level of care for each other that seems to be able to transcend the entire situation when the situation gets sticky. I literally see them completely zone out the rest of the universe for 1-3 minutes when something goes wrong and just communicate their care to each other. There is no therapy session necessary, just a few "I love you's" and a few re-realizations that they are going to get married! It's a nuance that I have a hard time explaining, but if I had to put it into an analogy, it would be a scene in a movie where there is a war going on around them and everything seems like its going to fall apart, but they just hold each other in the midst of it and just experience the love they have for each other. It's a beautiful thing.

I can't help, but see God in it all. I feel like we all get bombarded with busy schedules, unhappy moments, situations that seem to pile up against us, and conflicts that we don't create, but God is there, ready to embrace us so that we can experience His great love for us. Man, life is good!

1 comment:

  1. I don't believe our relationship with God is based on short-term fires. It's not an emotional journey, but rather one sustained by the Word and prayer. We don't seek the emotion; we seek the truth of what He commands us to do as children of Light. I encourage you to read Isaiah, Acts, and Matthew. They all go hand in hand.