Two months ago, my son (a.k.a., @cliffjennings) married a wonderful answer to prayer named Amanda (@amandadrew). They are having so much fun being married. It’s fun to watch and laugh at them. I think they should have a camera crew follow them. It would be a hit reality TV show.
Two weeks later my daughter (@bailsofjoy) graduated from college. Last Saturday, @bailsofjoy married @kylewilkinson – another answer to prayer.
It’s been quite a memorable two months.
Bailey and Kyle were engaged last August so we had been anticipating June 30 for 10 months. Cliff and Amanda worked faster. They were engaged in November and were married on April 27.
Obviously, the wife and I have had a lot on our minds lately. Not to mention that my day job as Associate Pastor at TrueNorth Church has not eased up because God continues to bless us in unimaginable ways by bringing more and more people to our incredible ministry. Our multi-million dollar building project is gaining momentum and – wouldn’t you know it – it all came down last week with some big meetings just days before I married my baby girl.
Then I got sick.
It started off as just a sore throat. It ended up being some kind of sinus-infection-bronchial-somebody-stuck-a-knife-in-my-throat crud.
I sincerely fussed at God for his insensitivity to my important family schedule. Seriously. I was mad at him. Why of all the weekends in my lifetime do I have to get sick on the weekend when I have to give my daughter away in marriage AND perform the ceremony too? I just didn’t get it.
Last June, Beth and I were in SE Asia. I was sick to my stomach on the first night of our trip. It was around 11:30 PM and you don’t want to go to the doctor at any time in the city where we were staying. I knew it wouldn’t be good to start the week off sick so Beth prayed. She prayed one of the boldest prayers I’ve ever heard her pray. My wife is a good prayer. Laying her hands on my stomach, she pretty much prayed my sickness away. As she prayed, I felt a warmth briefly cover my body and before she got to “in Jesus’ name” my illness was gone.
I was healed.
Surely God would heal me at a critical time like my daughter’s wedding but he didn’t. I don’t know why. Lord, what are you doing? I thought.
I was sleep-deprived and miserable for much of the weekend but I made the best of it. I was able to do what I needed to do to get Bailey and Kyle hitched. My voice barely made it through the service but it was enough to lead us through a beautiful wedding ceremony.
It was a great night in spite of my illness. Today, the latest newlyweds in the family flew to Jamaica for a week in paradise.
As for me and my illness, Sunday morning was rough. But I’m back among the living tonight. My bride and I actually went out this afternoon to run some errands and just mess around. It’s good to feel human again.
I felt like a zombie at times over the weekend but it’s all good. Everything else went perfect!
I thought about creating a bullet pointed list here stating why God didn’t heal me this weekend but I’ve decided not to try to figure it out just yet. I’m just glad we had a good weekend and I look forward to seeing what God does with our expanded family.
You may remember my post last August called 12 Creative Ways to Pay for a Wedding. Well, it’s paid for. We went over budget but we got it done. I may post something later with more details on how we did it. (And I didn’t know about Cliff’s wedding at the time!) I need to be clear though. We couldn’t have done it without help from family, friends, and especially Kyle’s family. Plus, my wonderful daughter did a lot of things on the cheap thanks to Pinterest.
More on that later…
Thanks for reading!