So, less than a month to the wedding, what’s happening? I guess this post is more to friends that can’t make it than those who can (although I’m not sure who reads this anyway.)
Well, we’ve got pretty much all of the decorations for the hall (we’re using the hall at the church for the reception), we’ve booked suits (although the best men still need to go for fittings), we’ve sorted out a running order, bought Ceri’s ring (mine is on hold for the time being,) started to plan how things are going to go at the reception… Lots of little things that don’t acutally make me feel like I’m getting anywhere.
Still got a lot to do though: try to sort out a (reasonably priced) table hire company, which is local enough to deliver; buy my ring; buy drinks for the reception; make a plan for the hot drinks at the afternoon reception; arrange transport for some people; book the hire car for the honeymoon (flipping credit card still hasn’t arrived, so is holding things up;) adjust my sisters’ dresses a little bit, choose songs for the worship times.
Wow, what an incredibly boring list. The thing is, I don’t know if we’ve thought of everything or not. I don’t know what we’re meant to have sorted out by now, what we haven’t even thought of yet, whether I should be feeling more stressed than I am (most people seem to, in the run-up to thier wedding.)
A job would be handy too. Have to wait until Thursday to find out how my interview last week went, but in the mean-time I still haven’t been given anything through the recruitment agency – and with the ever increasing costs of the wedding, and the impending bills that will fall on our mat in just over a month’s time, it would be a lot easier to not think about money if I had some coming in. But still, Matthew always holds the answer to that:
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despite the other. You cannon serve both God and riches. For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
As I was praying this morning, my mind was so filled by my thoughts on the situation, by my desires, by what I think should be happening right now. What do You want God? What do You want to say to me in this moment?
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God,
Do not be conformed… is it the way of this world to stress about money? Yes. Is it the way of this world to be concerned about how bills will be paid tomorrow? Yes. Is it the way of the world to worry? Yes.
So here I am,professing to be a follower of Christ, while still conforming to the way of the world… Does God want me to work for my money, and a living? Yes, of course He does. Does He want me to leech off of people, or the government? No, of course not. But does He want me worry, to stress, to give up hope or try doing life in my own strength? A resounding no!
God has a job for me, one that will start at the right time to pay for everything that needs paying. A job which will be for so much more than money, but for His Kingdom’s sake. A few weeks ago, we were further away from having a flat than before we started looking; but God had a place for us which He’s shown us now, and that we’ll be moving into straight after our honeymoon. Ceri has a fantastic job now, praise the Lord, exactly what she was looking for. He’s bringing it all together, in His perfect timing.
For He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him, and are called according to His purposes. <—- That’s me!