When Disappointment Leads To Hope

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A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9) 

If you had told us back in October that the CoronaVirus would be a thing or that it would have the kind of impact it has, we probably wouldn’t have believed you. No one plans a wedding, thinking that a worldwide pandemic will cancel it. Truthfully, no one could have anticipated the impact the virus would have on the entire globe. 

After a lot of prayer and advice from several people, Rachel and I made the call to scale back our wedding to include only immediate family. We also decided to move our wedding day forward to March 28th.

It would be dishonest to say we aren’t disappointed. Nearly every expectation we had about our wedding has been impacted or changed in some way. However, both Rachel and I want people to know that we are not devastated. God has given us so much joy over the past few days. Something we have talked about a lot over this week is how crushing something like this would be if we were hoping in a specific day. But, God has used our circumstances to show that lasting hope is only found in Jesus. 

One of the verses Rachel brought up the other day is Job 2:10, “Should we accept only good from God and not adversity?” The reality is that we have been blessed and have received so many good gifts from God. He is a good Father, and we have experienced his goodness in many ways. We want to joyfully accept whatever circumstances the Lord brings our way with joy. Having to change wedding plans is just another opportunity for us to live out the faith that we profess. Yes, there is some disappointment, but more than anything, we believe that God is good, and we choose to trust him. When expectations fail, Jesus won’t. He is infinitely worthy of our trust and offers more joy than any day or experience ever could. Weddings are fun, and we were looking forward to ours, but even more than a wedding day, we cannot wait to be married and for the chance to picture Christ and the church.


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