My daughter got married this weekend and there are no words to describe the spiritual nature that pervaded the ceremony. Even before the ceremony, as I prepped and decorated and tried to stay on schedule, one thought stayed with me…God had this planned all along. I might be hectic and anxious that everything gets done on time, but God is always on time. The whole day, God reminded me of His faithfulness and care. Even down to the last detail, He guided my thoughts toward Him.
One moment that stood out the most was when the photographer wanted me to pose while buttoning Jessie’s dress. As I painstakingly buttoned each tiny button, thinking I would never get them all done with my big, clumsy momma hands, I felt a peace about the whole day. As I was getting Jessie ready for Evan, God has, for years been getting me ready for Him. He has fashioned every button of my dress, in that He has sewn my life together as He sees fit. He cares about the details, the little tiny buttons of how our life comes together. As I made my way up the dress, closing the gap of material, I realized how He has filled in my gaps and made me ready for Him.
To me, each button represented a step that Jessie took toward marrying the man of her dreams. They met twelve long years ago, and though she didn’t know it at the time, God knew he would become, not just her best friend, but her husband. I re- learned this weekend that we have limited control over our lives, and that is a good thing. Trusting God to fashion our lives with all the events needed to get us ready for our future , is His privilege to do. He made us, knows us and loves us deeply and He brings to pass what He wills.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:15-16 NIV
You are a giver of gifts that are good. We are the joyful receivers of spiritual gifts and blessings. Thank You for Your plans and wisdom that made them. Remind us daily that we are Yours to make ready. We cannot save ourselves or work our way to heaven. You are the fashioner of our lives and You know what’s best. We love You! Amen.
With love from our Father to you all,