The Wed­ding

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Proverbs 19 vs 14

“Houses and riches are an in­her­i­tance from fa­thers, but a pru­dent wife is from the Lord.”

I at­tended a very nice wed­ding of a young cou­ple in a pic­ture per­fect rus­tic African set­ting. Set some­where in the bush, the en­vi­ron­ment pro­vided a serene and solemn en­vi­ron­ment for the cou­ple to make vows and ded­i­cate their lives to each other.

It all starts with a sim­ple hello or a chance en­counter and be­fore long, a bond de­vel­ops and sooner than you know, the re­la­tion­ship changes to a point where you must make a life­long com­mit­ment.

It’s the dream of most young women to get mar­ried one day, more so in a fairy­tale set­ting, where your prince whisks you away into the sun­set and you be­gin to live your per­fect life that re­sem­bles a Hol­ly­wood ro­mance script.

Je­sus per­formed his first mir­a­cle at Cana and it was at a wed­ding, a cel­e­bra­tion where many had gath­ered to wit­ness, en­joy and cel­e­brate. It is said that the cel­e­bra­tion could have taken a damper had Je­sus’s mother not in­ter­vened and asked him to pro­vide wine that had run out.

It was cus­tom to cel­e­brate with wine, there­fore a wed­ding feast that did not have wine would not re­ally be a feast. In des­per­a­tion, sens­ing that this aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion would go astray, Mary asked her son to per­form what be­came his first pub­licly de­clared and doc­u­mented mir­a­cle. It is sym­bolic that he chose to per­form a mir­a­cle at a wed­ding. It sym­bol­ises the im­por­tance of mar­riage or the im­por­tance of mar­riages that are blessed by him.

Society has put so much pres­sure on us that at times we tend to make de­ci­sions in haste and we do not in­volve God in those de­ci­sions, in­clud­ing the se­lec­tion of our life part­ners.

At times we choose to go about the se­lec­tion process in a man­ner that has not quite con­formed to His will. The pres­sure of society has re­sulted in so many wrong de­ci­sions, bro­ken hearts, shat­tered dreams and al­tered per­son­al­i­ties.

Mar­riage was de­signed by our maker to pro­vide com­pan­ion­ship and friend­ship. It is a union that was de­signed to give the two par­ties strength that is drawn from each other, a shoul­der you can cry on, a friend to laugh with and where He has blessed, chil­dren. Your spouse is meant to be a com­pan­ion to pray, wor­ship, min­is­ter and find the Lord Almighty with.

Over time, so many mar­riages have gone astray and in­stead of be­ing in­sti­tu­tions that draw us closer to God, they have be­come places that have caused more harm than good and have drawn some peo­ple away from their call­ing.

As I wit­nessed these two young peo­ple start their life to­gether with love, joy, hap­pi­ness and broad smiles, I prayed that they will con­tinue to place the Lord and His ways at the cen­ter of their lives.

So many peo­ple have lost their abil­ity to shine be­cause they chose the wrong part­ners. Wher­ever you are to­day, may the Lord guide you to find a part­ner that is from Him.

So of­ten we blame God when things go wrong yet we did not in­volve Him or seek His bless­ing at the on­set of the union.

What the Lord has put to­gether may no man tear apart. Let us re­mem­ber that ul­ti­mately we are driven by His will, yes we have the abil­ity to choose but our choices must be guided by Him. If they are, they will last a life­time, for what He has put to­gether, no man can break apart.

Pray that He pre­vails in your life and if, like these two young peo­ple, you still have choices to make, may He di­rect your steps ac­cord­ingly. If you are there al­ready, pray that your union is blessed by Him so that it can stand the test of time.

Be blessed.

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