God's at the wheel
As with everybody, we could have never seen a pandemic coming but we never saw how it would change the plans God had made for us. However, in hindsight, I’m fairly sure I didn’t see how it would bring me ever closer in such a powerful way.
Cast back to the beginning of March 2019…
Myself and Leah had our date set for the wedding, were due to move into our house at the end of April and were still going through the church marriage course with the Bakers. I’d say that God had blessed us in abundance and we were excited at the prospect of what lay ahead. WHAM – COVID19.
I’m quickly moved into the role of school “Joe Wicks” posting workouts online for the pupils in Shrewsbury whilst Leah is working at home with family in Kingswinford and every date we had planned has a question mark at the end of it. When can we get the keys? What’s happening with the wedding? When can we see each other? Despite all this, I’d say that we were both pretty calm about it all. Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” If any of you know us, we are fairly happy-go-lucky and move with the flow of things I’m happy to say, so strangely we weren’t all too stressed about it all. Don’t get me wrong, the solicitors weren’t exactly my favourite people at the time, but we both knew that God had it all under control.
Registry office, 2 random witnesses, wearing full PPE, we simply didn’t care because what it taught us – and me especially – was what was important not only to us but to God. The beautiful union that we are able to share was given by God’s grace and put everything else as secondary thoughts – the way it should be.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths."
Fast forward to July, Bozza says weddings can go ahead with 30 people, we get the keys on the 9th July, get married on the 11th. When God put on our hearts what was important, he took care of the rest for us. Our union with Christ was what mattered and when we put that at the forefront of our intentions then God took care of the rest.
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Church live streamed the service for all the family and friends who weren’t able to make it, and it was a brilliant day. God was at the wheel throughout and once we reminded ourselves of that, then all the anxieties went away.
In hindsight though, despite everything that has happened since March, I think that God was testing us. Testing us to see where our focus was and also testing the relationship. If we couldn’t cope with a few restrictions and a change of wedding plans then were we right to go into a union with him? Thankfully I can say yes and it strengthened our relationship, with each other but also with him. Getting married is a big step, moving into together is a big step and doing both in a lockdown is a different level of intensity. We may have spent more time consistently together now then we may ever experience again – well until retirement at least – and I can whole heartedly say that it’s been a blessing. I can’t speak for my wife, but its definitely shown me the strength of our love for each other but also for God.
God’s at the wheel everyone!