His way...it's better
Last week, I wrote about God’s way being better. This week, I have another example.
Recently, Celia and I met with this young couple. My friends Dale and Amy asked if they could meet with us before they were married. They asked a few couples to share their advice and experiences with them. We were honored to do so.
As Celia and I talked with them about marriage, and all we have learned, our conversation landed on God’s way for us in marriage. We talked about Ephesians 5, and the roles lined out for a man and a woman.
Our world, or more correctly our enemy, has twisted the truth of this passage (Eph. 5:21-33) and turned submission into a dirty word. As we talked about how these roles practically play out, I saw this couple get excited about understanding how a man can love and lead his wife like Christ loved the Church, giving His life for her. And how a woman can find the freedom to be who God made her to be, as we embrace these roles.
Honestly, we saw relief, freedom, excitement and anticipation in both of them as we talked. It was beautiful and it was a great reminder, the truth is God’s way is so much better than the world offers. All 4 of us were encouraged by the time we shared together.
Saturday, we celebrated with them as they got married. It was outside, under some huge, beautiful live oak trees.
The sky was overcast, and a few drops were falling on us as we witnessed their vows. It never really rained, or even sprinkled. It was like the drops were God’s blessing on this sweet couple.
Then, as they finished their vows and exchanged rings, God’s light broke through and just shined on them! How incredible, how much, like God, to see Him shower blessing on Dale and Amy, who have sought His way in their relationship.
Through this experience, here are a few things I learned or was reminded. I hope they encourage you:
· Younger couples: seek the advice of older couples. You will learn from their experiences, and it will benefit your older brother and sister in Christ to think and talk together about all God has done in their lives.
· Older couples: seek out younger couples or newlyweds. They come from all kinds of backgrounds and could use your encouragement and insight. This is like the church being the church; let’s take care of our younger brothers and sisters.
· All: God’s way truly is better. This wonder of the light in this picture isn’t because Dale & Amy are so awesome or planned the perfect wedding. They are awesome, tho :) It’s because God honors & blesses our obedience and desire to follow Him. What makes this picture extraordinary is God’s love, favor and faithfulness. And His love for you and me is not any less than what we see here. He is literally waiting to rain down His favor on you, too!
these awesome pictures were taken by my friend Shelby Sorrel