The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: James 4:13-15

by admin on March 11, 2012 in Thought for the Week with No Comments

“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that'” (James 4: 13-15).

Some of my favorite conversations with my husband are when we dream together.  Sometimes it’s a fantasy conversation in which we imagine living in X country doing Y activities with Z people.  Other times it’s flushing out the creative yet realistic possibilities of the current path we are on.  And still other times, it’s taking a God-given goal that is yet to be and creating the plan for our future steps in light of that goal.

It’s freeing and exhilarating and uniting.  So much good comes from thinking outside the daily box and listening with yearning for God’s re-positioning and revitalizing in our lives.  Of course with every good thing also comes the caution to prevent the bad.  If our lives are spent dreaming of the future, then we can easily miss the treasure and the responsibilities in the present.  Not only that, but we can begin idolizing our goal or destination instead of worshipping God.

Wedding planning is a prime time in life when this caution must be played out.  So much focus is spent on a future date, one that has been dreamed about and planned for.  While there is so much joy and vibrancy in treating this future event as a precious treasure, there is also the caveat that the present can be missed in the meantime.  Or that the wedding can become an idol at the expense of God.  Our spirit and our flesh will be in a continual war over our hearts.  The only sure way to dream and plan for the future while still nurturing the present is to root our hearts in the Lord Who is beyond time and Who sees what we cannot see.

Lord, please direct the steps of my wedding planning.  Although I love to dream about this amazing day, I want to surrender it into Your hands.  Let Your purpose take over.  Let Your will be done.  I know that in Your will, I will find utmost joy.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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