What an entrance! All the wedding party waiting under the cherry blossom trees. Silence. No bride… a low gong began to ring out. 1, 2, 3, 4 times… horses hooves on the cobblestones, a carriage approached. 7, 8, 9, 10… On the stroke of 12 it stopped and a real princess descended. Our son was literally bouncing lightly up and down. Never have I seen such a thing. I was all goosebumps and tingles.
That morning had started with pen and journal, words flying onto the page faster than I could neatly record. How could God have done all of this in 4 years? From the utter darkness and hopelessness of addiction and confusion in our son, to such a thrill as this day. Truly He is The God Who brings the dead back to life! And on Easter weekend too – when all of His people celebrate such things together. It was just too much (in a good way). One memory after another flooded my heart of where we had been.
Redemption, full and complete. Such grace. Thinking back 7, 6, 5 years, miles away God had been preparing a beautiful young woman. He knew the end when we were crying out for help… He saw the miracle when we were asking “Where are You?”… He was busy laying the path to a wonderful future while we were just struggling through the next hour! Can you see how amazing that is???
God is ALWAYS up to something for His children. Our loving Father is not deaf or uncaring. He is active and full of answers. He takes just the amount of time needed for His Plan. No more, no less.
Dear LORD, thank You again and again… for Grace. Your ways are unsearchable and unexplainable. So many things happen I do not understand, but I know I can trust You because You made a way for me to know You eternally. You are a good, good Father and I can not love You enough. Thank you for stories like Ben’s.
ForGlorySake! – Anna