It Never Gets Old

You’d think by our fifth wedding, I’d have some familiarity with routine. Expectations.

What became abundantly clear was that, apart from that fact that a couple ended the evening as husband and wife, there are no givens. No guarantees.

But a lot of fun.

Our daughter, Courtney, married Michael Wickberg in an evening ceremony in Bailey, Colorado. A beautiful outdoor venue with a backdrop of the golden hues of changing aspen leaves and a magnificent meadow dotted with flowers.

And there was rain. A lot of rain.

Two hours before the ceremony, the rain was coming so fast and the temperature had dropped so quickly, we were concerned that we’d have to go to plan B for the ceremony.

There was no plan B. Courtney was committed to  having a mountain wedding. Not an indoor wedding in the mountains.

We watched and waited. There was much bustling and hustling to finish up last minute details. Courtney, her bridesmaids and I spent a lot of time in a little room, checking the weather apps. The wedding planner and caterers were doing the same thing. The wedding planner was much more hopeful. (I found out later that she was trying to keep a record in tact. She’d never had a wedding rained out.)unnamed-3

Thirty minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start, the rain stopped. The sun came out. No one could believe it. People driving up the mountain had barely been able to see to drive.

A miracle.

Isn’t that what marriage is supposed to be? The miracle of two people coming together to become one. One in heart, one in spirit, one in purpose. A commitment made before God and witnesses to keep vows of honor to one another. To choose to cherish each unnamedother. Above all others.

Not words to be taken lightly. Not a commitment to be dismissed easily.

I watched these two young people, whom I love, admire and respect, enter into this covenant with each other and God, full of hope and anticipation of life together.

I realized how much courage it takes to make a commitment like that.

Our friend, Mike, who officiated, reminded them that tomorrow–every next day–the brokenness of the world would try to undo the commitment they’d just made.

Life is like that. I plan and prepare and fully expect things to turn out accordingly. When difficult times come up, and things get in the way of the plan, my response is rarely thoughtful and proactive.

In my anger, I often want to quit.

God perseveres with me. He doesn’t leave me to fend for myself, even when I get an attitude.

“For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my Helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’”   Hebrews 13:5b-6

God is with me, giving me the courage and wisdom to make right choices. Other voices, loud voices, will try to block His words. But He is strong enough to combat any lie that sneaks into my thoughts.

He is the mortar of real commitment.

Congratulations, Courtney and Michael.

Enjoy the journey of choosing wisely and well.





19 responses to “It Never Gets Old”

  1. Congratulations!!!!


    1. Thanks, my friend! It was amazing to be part of what God is doing–and Him showing Himself so thoroughly in the miracle of the weather.


  2. Our Congratulations to Courtney and Michael also, Dayle. What fun! Enjoying the journey of choosing wisely and well – as for me – I better let HIM not let me quit when I get an attitude! Blessings to you ALL!


    1. Thanks, Lois. It was a privilege being a part of this, knowing the back story and what it’s taken them to get to this point.


  3. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful story. Beautiful message. May HIS miracles for Courtney and Michael continue for many years ahead! Thanks for sharing the joy with us!


    1. Thanks, Ter! It was amazing. More about what God can do and has done. Less about me fretting over what I’m not seeing Him do. I appreciate your encouragement.


  4. How wonderful God is to give them a beautiful afternoon and you the behind-the-scenes look of the spiritual reality of the day!! I’m thrilled to hear that it turned out so sweet!! CONGRATULATIONS, Michael and Courtney…and John and Dayle. Here’s to baby # 7 (??!?) 😀


    1. Funny, Jode. It was a privilege being there. Truly. Seeing God do something that didn’t even seem possible. Plus her whole back story–it is a miracle.


  5. Congratulations to Courtney and Michael! SO thankful God blessed them with a clear sky! In Kenya rain on your wedding day is a sign of God’s blessing! 🙂


    1. Then they were blessed beyond measure, my friend. It poured! But the sun was glorious when it came out–blue skies, beautiful clouds, no darkness at all.


  6. You captured the wonder and beauty of the day and their special moments so well. It was such a perfect setting, so great to watch the clouds part, rain dissipate and the sun come through. Great reminder of Him shining down on every moment of our lives and showering us with grace no matter what the circumstance. SO FUN TO BE WITH YOU GUYS. Btw…did you write this in the middle of the night or on the plane? You are amazing with your quick posts, my friend!!!


    1. In the middle of the night, After getting the kids to bed. They were all so hyped up and going strong–and yet all four of them crashed in the car on the way back to the hotel–we got back after 11. Thanks for coming, Pen. And for allowing Joe and Esther and you to be a part of this–it means a lot,


  7. I love hearing from your perspective which is so sweet and full of truth. It was so hard to miss this beautiful day for Court and Michael, thanks sista for a glimpse into it.


    1. Well, my sweet friend, you were there in spirit. God answered your prayers beautifully. And you were doing what He had called you to do, the place He wanted you to be. Make no mistake about that.


  8. The parting of the clouds and the BLUE SKY was one of the great answers to prayer. It’s hard to explain just how torrential the rain was coming up the mountain. We kept praying for Courtney and the rain every few miles knowing God could do it but having no idea what He would choose to do. I will always look to that blue sky wedding as a word picture of the power of prayer.


    1. It was definitely the hand of God in all this. In so many ways. Back story. Day of story. Grace and mercy literally pouring down. I can’t tell you how much it meant that it was you doing the ceremony–that you brought love and family and knowledge and compassion and truth to the day. One more reason to treasure you, Mike.


  9. We’ve all memorized Hebrews 13:5, love the reminder of verse 6, thank you. Gorgeous pics of a beautiful family, what a celebration!


    1. Thanks for your kind words, my friend. It’s always an amazing thing to see something so much better than I could ever dream of or expect. Ephesians 3:20? Why can’t I just believe it.


    2. Life is full of wonderful surprises–and challenges that sneak up and bite you in the butt. This was one of those really sweet surprises. That God provided someone for Court who loves Him well. Thanks for your encouraging words.


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