Well, I’m officially a newlywed.
You’ll have to indulge me as I talk about the event. Kevin and I got married on September 12, 2009. It was incredible. Totally worth waiting for. Totally a worship moment. (I will write more about this in a future post.)
As some of you know, I’m 31. Solidly past the average marrying age. I wanted to be married sooner, but the timing of my life and marriage were God’s. And I’m extremely glad I waited … and trusted. Yes, God brought a seemingly perfect match into my life (although some marriage advice we received from a kind Australian couple on our honeymoon was, “No couple is exactly a perfect fit. Some days I’m completely hopeless. Some days she’s completely hopeless. Let the other be imperfect.”) But the bigger blessing is the feeling that I did not miss out on what God had for me in the moment.
I already see how God is using my experiences as a single woman to contribute to my marriage and ministry with my husband. In God’s economy, nothing goes to waste — not painful seasons, not “back up” plans, not difficult obedience, not frustrating setbacks, not blind trust. And, yes, marriage is good. Right now I’m overflowing with love for my husband and a wonderful sense of anticipation for our new adventure together (as I should be!). However, as our premarital counselor made us solemnly state to one another: “You are going to be a lot of work!”
And that’s the thing about life with God. He’s faithful to lead us in every season. And He rewards our faithfulness to Him. Not only in good gifts but in those transcendent moments where our actions play into His bigger story and bring Him glory. Kevin and I have felt that through our courtship and marriage. And that’s a big reason why I wouldn’t change anything. The honeymoon may be over, but the new adventure has just begun. Live today with anticipation of great things!