planning your marriage while planning your wedding: week 10 “in seasons”

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There is a season for everything in life. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “there’s a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

I am currently in a season of wedding planning overload. I won’t lie. I feel a bit overwhelmed. The holidays came and went and it was a nice break – even if I wanted to get work done towards the wedding, no one else was working so it was a bit difficult! Now the year is in full swing, and I have a million things I need to do to make this wedding happen.

I know it may sound silly, especially to those of you who aren’t wedding planning and haven’t done so in the past… and believe me – I struggle every day going back and forth between thoughts of knowing this is special and necessary and important to do and yet feeling as if it’s so silly to spend all this time and money and energy on something that will be over in just one day.

But Clay and I have decided to have a wedding… and so plan a wedding is what I will do. And in doing so I must accept that this is a season of my life. No, I am not going to be able to fully commit to my own creative and career endeavors. No, I am not going to be able to make every social and familial event or occasion. And no, I just may not feel quite as fulfilled overall in this season.

But it is just that: a season.

And as any season, I know that this too shall pass. The good and the bad of it both shall pass. I’m sure I will look back on this season with fondness of being engaged despite the chaos of these six months. I want to always attempt to look at the larger picture, to learn from each season, and especially this season I am in right now. While I may not be able to quite achieve the balance I crave, I know that in life – and in marriage – there will always be different seasons to which we will have to adapt for a time. 

So my prayer as I find myself in the thick of this season is that I would learn in these days and carry into my marriage a peace in the midst of particular seasons and an awareness that this season will be over and gone soon and very soon, and that while in the midst of it all I wouldn’t wish it away.

My prayer is truly in these lyrics below…

“Whatever the season I can say, ‘These are the best days of my life.'” – Jason Gray

Because when I truly think about it? Well, these are the best days of my life. I have dreamt since I was a little girl of getting married. And right now I get to plan my wedding. What a blessing. What a great gift I have so generously been given by God who brought me this godly man to walk alongside in this life.

I encourage you – in whatever season you may find yourself – to strive to find peace in the chaos, in the imbalance, in the overwhelm, to focus on the good in it all, and to always remember that it is only a season.

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