In fact, had I known it, I probably would have picked another passage of scripture that would be the hallmark of our lives.
Something along the lines of;
“Your life will have no problems. Come to Him and you will never have any struggles. You will never have to use faith. Simply ask God and He will give you whatever you want as soon as you ask. He is a super generous God who is at your service to meet every wish”
Unfortunately, that verse doesn’t exist. So, we set out into our marriage with our eyes blind to what was ahead of us, simply committing that we would seek Him first in all things.
What alarmed us more was that no matter how much we defended our decision to “seek first His kingdom”, he was determined to undermine our faith and get us to “live in the real world”, not some fantasy world of make believe.
We quickly ended our evening and asked them to leave as his wife, who had been friends with me since kindergarten, hid her face in embarrassment as they headed out the door. Little did I know that this was the beginning of learning to stand by faith and not by what others would say to undermine our faith.
After living in our apartment for six months, a friend of ours from church offered to rent us his duplex for three hundred a month plus utilities. The house was much larger than our one bedroom apartment which we were renting for around two hundred and forty dollars a month plus electricity, and would provide much needed room because it included a basement.
The old drafty house also became a place to stretch our faith as we now had to pay for heat. We learned to see his provision for tools to remove snow and do lawn work. The opportunity prepared us to lean on the Lord as we learned how to care for a house.
Numerous times we saw His provision as needs arose. One time He even provided fresh large shrimp from a neighbor who was a chef and was very grateful to come home and see that Cathy and I had shoveled his sidewalks and driveway when we were out shoveling our rental property. Another time we saw the Lord’s protection one night when we were gone and someone broke into the house.
In fact, due to our financial situation, we qualified to have ALL medical services related to his cleft palate paid for until he turned eighteen years of age. This included more plastic surgery one year later, his orthodontic treatments for braces, and an annual checkup by several specialists.
This also included speech therapy, which we never needed. It was our “misfortune” that placed us in a position to see His provision.
And here Jonathan is now 35 years old and the Lord has been faithful to provide for him all of these years. This includes his college, graduate work, employment, vehicles, friends, and multiple homes. Today he lives on a farm where he, along with his wife, is now raising his two children and transitioning into the life of a farmer.
And it all started with a wedding.