"If things don't go on schedule, we won't be able to get nice photos after the wedding," Jenny Rose sighed.
Oh, dear, I thought to myself. I don't know of any weddings that stay on schedule. My first daughter's wedding hadn't stayed on schedule.
But instead of sharing that with my daughter, I confidently replied, "It will. You'll see."
Over the next six months, my faith wavered, though I stormed Heaven with pleas for my daughter's desire for the wedding to stay on schedule.
I made a schedule that was workable but would depend on so many people. Oh, and did I mention that there were some time-challenged relatives?
In a practical way, I divided decoration set up so that several people worked together, more people than needed so the job would be completed quickly. I wrote up a detailed schedule and shared it with everyone in the wedding party, as well as those helping out. I let the caterer, wedding coordinator, photographer, and emcee know that it was really important to the bride to stay on schedule.
There. I had done everything I could do.
Three weeks before the wedding, I got a phone call from a dear friend who kept finding herself praying for our wedding. She wondered why the Lord kept putting the wedding on her heart to pray. I shared with Felice all the prayer needs for Jenny Rose's wedding and we prayed together.
Hanging up the phone, I realized that Jesus loves me and my daughter. Our desires matter to Him. He raised someone up to pray for us because He loves us. I felt weepy and happiness spread throughout my being. I am loved! I forget that sometimes, but it's true. Jesus loves me. And my daughter.
I kept praying for the wedding schedule among other wedding prayer needs and felt peace come over me.
The day of the wedding was one miracle after another when it came to the scheduling. First, the decoration set-up went much quicker than expected. The mothers were escorted down the aisle at exactly 3:50 and the bridal party processed at exactly 4:00. The photos seemed to take forever after the ceremony, but as we we ready to be announced in the reception, I realized that we were exactly on schedule. I looked at my phone throughout the night and was shocked and amazed every time.
So, my daughters hopes came to pass and she was very grateful to the Lord.
As for me, I stand amazed at a God who loves me so much, He answers my prayers and raises up others to pray for me when I struggle with doubts.
And, of course, I have one more confirmation of the truth that Nothing is Impossible with God!
Just had to share this testimony with all my friends to remind all of you that the Lord loves you. He cares about every detail in your life.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4: 6 NASB).
Blessings to Everyone!