I saw Jesus today. I really did. He came to my son’s wedding.
We were hoping to keep to a strict budget, and the plan was to beg, borrow and barter as much as we could to keep costs down. I had no idea how God was about to use our blood family, church family, friends, and neighbors to bless this wedding. To fill every need above and beyond every expectation.
Every time something came up – How would we handle this? Who’s going to do that? Oops, I forgot something – someone was there. What do you need? How can I help? Can I run an errand for you? I have these, can you use them?
Every time we had a need, or a potential disaster in the planning of this wedding, someone would step forward offering exactly – exactly what would help. Many times without them even knowing that it was needed.
A few days before the wedding we went out to the venue to drop off some things and review the plan again. There was this huge planter on the patio there that I had forgotten about. We had been there last in the summer and it was filled with beautiful flowers. This was now the end of October, so of course nothing is going to survive in that anymore. I thought we had covered every detail, but this was one that was missed. There wasn’t time to run to town anymore, and there wasn’t anything in the decoration stash large enough to fill it. That night after Bible study, we walked out to the church parking lot, and there were potted mums and pumpkins sitting next to my car! Just enough to fill the planter. God was there. He was in this. Every single detail.
That kind of thing probably happened about a hundred times. From the main wedding elements like the venue, the tents, the music, the food, the centerpieces, photographer, decorations, and cake, to the tiniest detail of favors for the guests and rose petals for the aisle were all possible through wonderful people who were willing to share, loan, barter or negotiate. They blessed this young couple with their time, talents, treasure and sometimes all three!
Jesus was at this wedding, and this is how I know –
After the ceremony, we were having the receiving line. This was one point where I had to stay in one place and not be running around making sure everything was taken care of. It was also a crucial point in the day because the chairs from the ceremony had to all make their way into the tent to go around tables for the reception. We had planned to ask a few young guys to move all the chairs, but had neglected to confirm it with them. And I couldn’t leave the receiving line to check into it.
When I turned around again I saw them – a group of men from our church, our guests, without ever being asked, were moving the chairs.
The Hands and Feet of Jesus.
Looking back I am overwhelmed by it all. The generosity of our Brothers and Sisters. The willingness of so many to allow God to work through them. His Unquestionable Faithfulness.
He is real. He is present. And He is faithful. Amen.