I’d like to share a testimony about going by faith. It was during a time that has the potential for stress: planning a wedding.
The time frame was two months, and the date was set for Valentine’s Day… a VERY popular day for weddings. Our agreement: no stress.
My husband and I planned for a small gathering, but that didn’t seem to make finding the perfect venue any easier. Day after day we researched local places for a wedding ceremony and reception, but we couldn’t seem to find an arrangement that fit our budget/date/party size, etc.
My fiance kept reminding me to keep faith… we just had to pray about it. I knew in my heart he was right, but I could feel the stress creeping in with each passing day or phone call from my dad wondering when he could book a flight.
One night I felt particularly restless. How was it so easy for some people to do this? We had been praying together about it, but nothing seemed to happen. I prayed again on my own, but this time it was less about my worries. I asked God for his presence at our wedding above anything else.
With God at the center of our marriage, it didn’t matter where or when it took place; it mattered that we were joined together with Him.
God Teaches Us in Everyday Life
That night I was reading The One Year Bible, and the section was about how Abram telling the Egyptians his wife Sarai was his sister. He was scared if he told them she was his wife they would kill him to have her for themselves, but if she was his sister, they would treat him well. The companion book explained that even though Abram heard from God to go to Egypt, he didn’t yet have the faith to trust fully in God.
That got me thinking. Did I?
The next morning I pondered the passage. It’s not easy to go against the ways of the world and go by total faith. But if God has us on the right path, then what is there to fear? This impacted me.
The wedding was not a show to put on… it was a sacrament to receive. It was a moment to confirm our bond as husband and wife with God in the presence of our family. This wedding was about our life with God!
That night I came home from work and sat with my fiance in front of the computer for just five minutes. We did a wedding search, and the first result was a place in his family’s area that hosted a beach wedding and reception in a beautiful setting within walking distance.
It felt absolutely perfect for us, but there was only one month to go. We sent in our request anyway, shrugged and turned off the computer.
The next afternoon they called us–they were somehow available on Valentine’s Day. They could offer us a small discount based on the day of the week. Food was included with the package. We didn’t need a DJ… they had music. Woohooo!
On our special day, the place went far beyond our expectations. Every detail down to the smallest of menu items was wonderful. And the beach location was the exact spot my husband’s mom was baptized. It was the most amazing gift… and we thanked God.
Going By Faith is an Ongoing Journey
As the day drew near, many more doors opened and prayers were answered that we never could have imagined — and not just for us, but also for those around us. More tests in faith presented themselves, and we continued to see exactly what “God centered” meant (and means). Those testimonies will be shared in part two of Inviting God to the Wedding!
The day was about God, and if it was His will, there was nothing to fear.
When I relinquished control and trusted that it would work out God’s way, the results were beyond what I could have planned myself. It required a major shift–decrease me, increase Him. And best of all, we felt the Lord’s presence and got to share that with loved ones. We realized too that the journey in going by faith continues.
Share Your Testimony!
Can you share a time that you learned to “go by faith”?