I have an arranged marriage... I know it sounds crazy but recently I realized I have an arranged marriage. And to be perfectly honest with you; I'm REAL cool with that. I wouldn't have it any other way. Let me tell you why. I believe it all started when my husband told "I feel like your reintroducing yourself to me everyday". Again this sounds crazy but truly my walk with God is an ever changing one. Not because God himself is changing in my life. No...because God is the only consistent thing in my life but daily I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind in Christ. Daily I am learning something new about myself and submitting my whole heart to be perfected in Jesus. I'm really not trying to toot my own horn because if this furnace process along with my marriage has not taught me anything it has taught me that God's grace is sufficient in my inadequacies. *Praise Break* Daily I am submitting my mind, my heart/emotions and soul to my heavenly Father. I'm only glad that someone on the outside looking in can see that. On another note, I'm so blessed to have a husband that can see me and discern the great work of God in me. *Praise Break*
Back to my original point, my marriage was arranged. I'm so glad too! There is no way that I, myself could have ever chosen a life partner six years ago. My husband and I met when I was 18 and married when I was 20 and he 23. Can you imagine the shenanigans I was getting into prior to my marriage? What about the shenanigans you were getting into at the age of twenty? This year my husband and I will be married for five years. Nobody but God! God has exhibited his character of unconditional love and again I say grace through my husband. I'm not the best wife by any means but I'm loved flaws and all. He joins me on everyone of my emotional roller coasters. During the time we were dating I knew he was the one for me at that present time but never did I consider the future. No living thing remains the same. Through living and growing together we have trusted God with our covenant and giving him permission to bless it. God knew where I was then and saw me in the future & blessed my husband with a special anointing to partner with me in journeying to our joint and individual purposes. There were times because of fear or my own self-ambition that I have tried to forfeit this blessing of God, my marriage, prior to the ceremony and after the ceremony but the God in him fought for the union. We as an united force have stood firmly on what is considered a more tangible gift from God at various times to rebuke the powers that come to steal, kill and destroy. But there were times that we succumb to our own wills versus the will of the Father but thankfully God is merciful and has given His children the ministry of reconciliation.
My marriage was arranged by my Father in heaven who knew me and what I needed not only at the time of my husband's & my first meeting but presently and I have faith that God will continue to meet my triune needs in the future through my marriage.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Corinthians 5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
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