The Secret Things

“When the USAF moves the date of your daughter’s fiancé’s assignment to a week BEFORE the wedding, what do you do? Why, move the wedding up three weeks, of course!  • “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.” Psalms 126:3

“Q7. What are the decrees of God? A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.” #rejoiceinthelordalways “

I posted the above on social media September 6, 2015, less than 24 hours after we received the news, above, in addition to the news that our scheduled wedding organist had just dropped dead of a heart attack. I can remember that moment in all of its crystalline horror.

After a couple of crazy plan B’s and some quick re-evaluation of priorities, we made some emails and calls and started the rearrangement.

Two years down the road I am looking at this… It just came up on my “memories”. The week after Meg’s wedding, while they were still in the honeymoon, hurricane Joachim came through and so did the historic 1000-year Columbia flood, in which her grandmother’s home, base of all wedding operations, was flooded.

Thankfully, although the grandfather, her husband, had died earlier in the year, our son McBryde was living with her and got her outside at three in the morning –  through 18 inches of water in the front yard – to his car, thankfully parked in the street. Her car was in the flooded garage in back.

The waters swirled, the rescue stories – many much more dramatic, even fantastic, than this one, poured in with the torrents. Life was disrupted completely. The newlyweds even had to delay their return from their honeymoon! That would have been lovely, but for the tension of getting the groom back to leave in time for his solo trip to Texas for three months of training – the reason for the fruit-basket-turnover in the first place.

Had the date remained October 17, the wedding would have looked very, very different, indeed. First Presbyterian Church, the site of the wedding, was possibly the most affected church in terms of homes ruined in Columbia and would have been hard pressed to host a wedding two weeks out of the flood. Grandmother’s house  – base of all silver-polishing, family-hosting and other wedding operations – flooded.

Dear friends’ houses, which, the week before, had held bridesmaids, now held refugees and people coming to help salvage ruined houses.

We don’t always get a tiny glimpse of what God is doing, but we must know that He always moves. Will we trust Him?

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us, and to our children forever, that we may obey all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29


Make allowances for ‘the secret things’ – and there must be billions of them – and stand in awe of the mighty God whom we serve!

And, yes – you really can trust Him.

With kindest regards,


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