When my husband and I got engaged, we had no idea we’d be planning our wedding in the midst of a pandemic. I’ve been thinking recently about how delicate and exact God’s timing is, and how important it is to listen to His timing. This is our story.
In December of 2019 my husband and I got engaged and we were so excited! We’d been praying for our spouse for years! I wanted to jump into planning right away, but both my husband and I knew in our hearts we needed to be patient. I’m a planner, so this was really hard for me! We took time to talk with God about every detail, the date for the wedding, location, where we were going to live, budget, honeymoon etc. I was so set on a May wedding, but every date I picked in May had a conflict. There was a specific date that kept coming up over and over again, and when we had peace about moving forward, we picked the date June 26th. We chose this date in January 2020.
Little did we know that a tornado would wreak havoc on our city and surrounding areas only a month later. Homes and establishments were destroyed only half a mile away from where my finance was sleeping. But that’s another story for another time!
A month after the tornado, people started getting sick in America. Honestly...wedding planning is already stressful enough, but trying to plan a wedding in the midst of a pandemic adds another level of stress. We didn’t have answers for a lot of questions, because our venue didn’t have answers from the state government, and things were constantly changing. We talked to God constantly, shed many tears, not understanding why all of this was happening. We also couldn’t explain the supernatural peace we had through it all either. (Philippians 4:6-7) We had so many questions and not a lot of answers, but God kept telling us He had it taken care of and to hold onto the verses Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” Jeremiah 29:11, and Proverbs 3:5-6.
Do you guys want to know something funny? My mom called the governor’s office! She didn’t get an answer, but she left a message, and guess what?! She got a call back!!! They said that our wedding was considered a religious event and we could have as many people as we’d like at the wedding as long as we took into consideration some guidelines. (Please take note that this was done with wisdom, months before the shutdown happened, and was in the small pocket of time in the Summer when things were getting better) They then called our venue and we were able to have 175 people at our wedding, everything went SO smooth, and not one person got sick from our wedding. Let me say that again, not one person got sick from our wedding!!!
Can you imagine what would have happened if we didn’t listen to God?
I originally was SO set on having a May wedding...and I later realized that May would have been a nightmare. I was watching people have to cancel their weddings left and right, BUT GOD. He cares about every detail, every moment, and when we put aside what we think is best or right, He shows up and shows out!
We didn’t get to go on our dream honeymoon, but God redeemed it all with our one year anniversary trip! It was a trip full of blessings in Disney World! I get teary eyed just thinking about it. God is so good! I encourage you to talk to God about every big decision, and all the details that go with it, because He cares and truly has exceedingly and abundantly more!