A Planned Wed­ding

God has plans and purposes for each of our lives. But the beauty is that He doesn’t call us and leave us on our own. Je­sus ac­tu­ally lives in us to pull off the amaz­ing things that He has in­vited us into.— Louie Giglio (b. 1958)

Activated - - NEWS - By An­drew Mateyak An­drew Mateyak is a mem­ber of the Fam­ily In­ter­na­tional in the Philip­pines.

Noth­ing hap­pens to God’s chil­dren by ac­ci­dent. As I stand here, min­utes be­fore my wed­ding, look­ing down the aisle at the beau­ti­ful flow­ers and dec­o­ra­tions all over the room, and think­ing of the many mir­a­cles that made this mo­ment pos­si­ble, I truly un­der­stand how “All things work to­gether for good.” But wait—I’m get­ting

1 ahead of my­self. To tell this story prop­erly, I have to go back in time:

A lit­tle over a year be­fore, my fi­ancée Melody and I were at the birth­day party of one of our friends. Around mid­night, we went to say good­bye to our host­ess. How­ever, she in­sisted that since it was so late, she would have her son drive us across town back to our house. We were glad for the ride, and as there was barely any traf­fic, we ex­pected to be home soon.

But when we came to the turn that led to our house, our driver con­tin­ued driv­ing straight ahead. At first we thought that maybe he had missed the turn by ac­ci­dent. But when we told him, he just ig­nored us, fi­nally say­ing, “I just want to stop and see a friend first.”

This was slightly wor­ry­ing. Who de­cides to stop to see a friend at one o’clock in the morn­ing when he’s sup­posed to be taking you home?

We did stop at his friend’s house and even got in­tro­duced to her. She was a Chris­tian and ended up sub­scrib­ing to Ac­ti­vated. We stayed in touch in­fre­quently un­til about a year later, when she moved to Manila.

When Melody and I set a date for our wed­ding, we be­gan send­ing out in­vi­ta­tions. Since this woman had moved to Manila, I sent her a text mes­sage to tell her the good news. “That’s won­der­ful!” she said. “Here’s what I want you to do. Go to the house where you first met me and talk to my mother. She’s a wed­ding plan­ner and dec­o­ra­tor, and she will help you for free as my wed­ding gift.”

And that brings me to where I am now—stand­ing here look­ing down the aisle. As I ad­mire the dec­o­ra­tions and beauty of the whole setup, I think, God did have a plan.

1. Ro­mans 8:28

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