This weekend we hopped in the car
and drove to New York State to attend a wedding.
The daughter of one of my closest friends was getting married.
The weekend weather forecast was perfect…..for Friday.
The wedding was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. We checked the weather bug on the iPhone many times. Thunderstorms, 15-25 mph winds, and 100 percent chance of rain for Saturday was forecast…every time we looked.
We awoke on Saturday morning to dark, heavy clouds, loud claps of thunder, and driving rain. My heart was as heavy as those clouds.
As with every wedding there are countless details and planning that goes in to making the day absolutely perfect. This one was no different. Except that most of it was planned to be outside, and no wedding planner can plan the weather. The couple had chosen a B&B with a beautiful barn in a lovely location for their special day. They planned to exchange their vows outdoors. Then invite the guests to enjoy a meal in the festively decorated barn, followed by lawn games outside. The final event was a bonfire and s’mores. Truly an outdoor event where perfect weather was needed.
It rained hard all morning.
Taking advantage of being in the area, I met with a friend briefly on Saturday morning. I told her about the wedding plans and she immediately began to pray a bold prayer for the weather to clear and for there to be sunshine for the wedding that afternoon. I prayed a prayer of agreement.
Later that morning the mother of the bride phoned me. During the conversation she told me she had not been able to pick goldenrod for the barn, because of the rain. As the conversation closed I mentioned that my friend and I had prayed earlier, and to trust that the sun would come out for the wedding.
Our eyes were on those heavy, steely gray clouds as we drove that afternoon to the wedding. The rain ceased and I was able to pick goldenrod from the vast fields of it on the countryside. As we continued on our route we noticed there were a few breaks in the clouds. These breaks grew a little larger the closer we got to our destination. Eventually we saw small spaces of beautiful bright blue in the midst of those gloomy gray clouds.
Though the sky all around us was cold and gray and threatening…
we did not lose hope.
We trusted God would provide those bits of the gorgeous blue we began to see making their move towards Chautauqua Lake.
The joyful couple repeated vows they had written. Exchanged rings. And were pronounced husband and wife.
And the sun shone.
Can you see it streaming in the window behind the pastor?
Yes, I believe God hears and answers my prayers. Do I always get what I ask for? No I don’t.
I will say, that as we drove to the wedding under those threatening skies, I thanked God for answering our prayer, despite the evidence, I watched expectantly to see the clouds part and the rays of the sun shine through. My eyes teared up when the road turned and we started seeing those bits of empyrean blue above. Our hearts were filled with gratitude.
Thank you Lord, for blessing Rachel and Brian, faithful servants of yours, with an amazing change in the weather. May they always remember how you parted the clouds on their wedding day. And may it serve as a small reminder of your love and care for them as they seek to weather the unplanned storms ahead, in your power and in your grace. In the Name of Jesus, amen.
After the ceremony we stepped outside. I took a picture of the sun.
Just to remember the goodness of the Lord.
Do you have a great wedding story to tell?
Did you ever pray and ask God for something that seemed impossible?
Joy Day! A day we give thanks for God’s goodness in our lives.
Will you join me in thanking God for His goodness and then counting these very special gifts, He places in our lives?
I’ll start….here are just seven from my week:
- Relaxing on Labor Day with my husband
- The thoughtfulness of a friend
- Creative tapestry of color and texture in the fields
- Warm hospitality
- A faithful camera
- Safe travels
Now, it’s your turn!
Leave a counting of your week’s gifts in the comment section below. I love to hear from YOU!
May your week be filled with Extraordinary Joys!
Will you join me here next week for Joy Day? Find ONE THING to be thankful for each day, write it down, and share it here next week. You might also like to take the Joy Dare at A Holy Experience.
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