Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? - Isaiah 43:18-19
The most exciting thing coming my way on Tuesday was an afternoon hair cut appointment. I don't get my hair cut often, so this was going to be one of those 10 inches type of chop. Exciting. Thrilling, really. I was ready to walk into this new life as "wife" and a hair cut seamed fitting. It was like an outward representation of an inward change, kind of like baptism, except a little less holy. Although they did wash my hair so there was a cleansing aspect, but that doesn't count as spiritual cleansing. It wasn't the hair cut necessarily that got me so giddy, but the fresh beginning that comes afterward.
A fresh beginning indeed. I came home to Erik sitting on the front porch waiting to share the news he had lost his job. Not a single muscle was paralyzed by the news, rather we both held a steady confidence. The Lord has been preparing us for this moment. We'd experienced job loss twice before. The first time being a couple days after Erik asked me on our first date and the second time was just months before he asked me to marry him. There is no mistake the Lord would bring this trial once again the first week back from our honeymoon.
And my God will supply every need. - Philippians 4:19
Through hours of prayer to God our father and conversations with one another, there was no doubt in my mind for what God had next. For several months God had been placing the idea of a wedding videography business on our hearts and once He had given us the name, Willow Narrative, He was showing it everywhere. His whispers turned to shouts when the brand of my wedding dress was "Willowby" and the color of my wedding shoes bared the description "Frosted Willow." Erik and I were seeing all the nudges, but we were waiting on the "opportune time." Looking in hindsight, there never is an "opportune time." The best timing is God's timing - that's the only time that counts. God rid us of our distractions - a potential job I was in the running for, and the job Erik currently held - and gave us a mission.
In the beginning, God Created... - Genesis 1:1
Our God is inviting us to join in on the creation He started from the beginning. He is asking us to join Him on this journey of knowing Him and making His name known. He is inviting us to show glimpses of His kingdom here on earth, to give others just a taste of His glory that we will all get to see in its fullness some day soon.
I came that they may have life an have it abundantly. - John 10:10
God gave us the name Willow as a reminded of where we need to be in relation to Him - next to the source. In order for a willow tree to truly flourish, it must remain near the water source. Same for us in Christ, without Him we are incapable of having abundant life. The Narrative piece of our names applies to the story aspect that weddings bring. We all have a story. My prayer is that God would use us to share those stories He wants known.