Thirty three and a quarter years ago today, Wes and I were married in SanFrancisco. The glow we had that 4th day of February truly was the glow of love, but it was also the glow of a high fever — a fever that led us to go to the doctor for meds and a fever that led to us to cancel our honeymoon plans to go to Hawaii — to Maui.
We’ve often commented over the years that we knew the Lord was in control of those plans — those cancellations — and had a better plan for us for that time. We just dreamed we’d take that honeymoon trip someday.
As I type this message, I’m seated outside on a lovely lanai, beside Wes at a beautiful teak dining table — terracotta tiles under our bare feet. Many times in the last couple of days I’ve been crying at the grace and mercy of the Lord as I reflect on the provision of the Lord, the experiences of the last year and a half and the exceeding merciful kindness He’s shown me – us. Tears of joy, tears of sorrow, tears of thankfulness, tears of regret, tears of hope. This morning, I’m so humbled and cry more tears…
We’re having morning coffee together, rested from a day of travel and a wonderfully romantic night and first morning in a villa of indescribable beauty. From this lanai, we hear the sweetest music as the birds sing from tree to tree. As we look out, we have the most incredible view of palm trees, breathtaking plants and flowers, the glittering ocean — the only sounds are our voices, the chirping of the birds and the swaying of the palms in the warm breeze. And sunshine – glorious sunshine.
Someday has come and we’re on our honeymoon… thirty three years later.
But that’s not why we’re here — though it is truly a romantic, honeymoon-feeling trip, we know there’s a far greater purpose, a far more important reason we’re here… for we didn’t plan this trip — we couldn’t have; we didn’t choose this magnificent spot, we wouldn’t have been able to do so. And the unbelievable accommodations and amenities… we’re almost unable to comprehend or absorb. We’re simply here by the grace and mercy of the Lord — through the generosity of someone who arranged this whole occasion for us. We’re waiting on the Lord for His work to be done in and through us. We’re waiting on Him to show us more of the why we’re here – and we pray for His complete restoration, rejuvenation, refreshment and ministry to be done in and through us. Together and individually.
And so… to the Lord and to our generous benefactor we can only very humbly say: Thank You and Thank you.
I’ll share more later. But I want to conclude with a note about our prayer and Bible reading this morning – which I will also explain in more detail later. I’m reading in Joshua 14-15… Wes is, in the natural course of his daily reading through the Word, reading about the Lord’s direction to Elijah in 1 Kings 17 & 18. This is of such extreme importance to us – for it is sort of a stunning & miraculous confirmation to us regarding the message our generous benefactor gave us in this gift. It could not be coincidence that he would be reading there on this day. A Co-incident, but not a coincidence. Praise only the Lord.
And, by the way, the unbelievably deep blue of the water contrasted against the lighter blue sky and billowy white clouds… well, it’s just… unbelievable. More tears.