As each day passes my mind reflects on the day Mark and I became one before God, our family and our friends. I know, I know it was just last Friday. Lol The images of my handsome husband in his natty indigo suit, pink paisley tie, and pink rose boutonnière, family, friends and a beautiful venue, The Grove on Brushy Creek, leave me breathless. As I was walking toward him in my champaign dress holding a pink peony bouquet with one hand and my arm around my oldest sons arm. Just then I caught a brief glimpse of Mark through the trees … my heart skipped a beat with sheer excitement. The girls in their blush pink dresses and the boys in their pink ties, indigo slacks, and congnac shoes…it was truly magical just as God ordained it to be.
As with any big event something is bound to go wrong; emotions may run high and even drama may ensue. I can’t say this did not happen, but I absolutely can say with one hundred percent certainty that it did not spoil our celebration one bit. The day was simply perfect despite anything the enemy tried to hurl our way. God worked everything for the good of all of us who love Him.
You might be asking yourself how it could be perfect with issues.?. We trust God completely. We centered ourselves, fixed our eyes on Jesus and we spent quiet time with Him first thing, through any issues, and intentionally did not act or react from any feelings. We pressed into God so very closely relying on His next instruction and when we did not hear from God, we patiently waited.
On the outside it may have looked like we were avoiding dealing with or responding to the details, when in fact that was the farthest from the truth. The circumstances were immediately brought before the Lord and we petitioned Him for direction, revelation, wisdom, discernment, and believing for restoration. When God was silent we did not speak. When His direction was revealed we talked it out in His timing and with what we believe God put on our hearts.
I wish I could say that every fiery dart hurled our way is extinguished so swiftly and with great and victorious precision, but I would not be being completely honest. While our hearts are to be obedient, we too are human and can act or react based on our deceptive feelings. Yes, deceptive feelings. Feelings are unstable, unpredictable, and most certainly unreliable. They can change just as quickly as the wind changes direction.
The beauty of the fiery darts and slingshots is the power and sovereignty of God to faithfully manipulate the circumstances turning them into good. He will align people before you to be His hands and feet. He will align still others to step in and fulfill a need that was originally assigned to another. It’s all good when you yield to the Holy Spirit and allow God to have His way, to make it His way for He is the ultimate wedding planner and He coordinates flawlessly. He is such a good, good Father.
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (HCSB)
Love is the greatest weapon we have. Love extinguishes fiery darts, mends broken hearts, restores hurting relationships, rehydrates a desperate soul and heals the deepest of hurts.
Love is a beautiful antidote that slingshots the enemy back to the pit of hell where he belongs.
Our greatest of all commands is to love each other. No title is important. No label is important. No race, color or denomination is important.
Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (HCSB)
It is not always easy and, I don’t know about you, but I struggle and fail falling short of the glory of God. Even though we may miss the mark, let’s encourage each other to rise above and defeat the enemy together in love. The victory and glory will be the Lord’s. That gets me excited.
Faithfully in Him,