Saturday, May 5, 2012

Who but God?

May. It is already May. I can't believe it. I have not written this entire school year. Life has been so crazy. I have not taken the time to reflect...but tonight is a different story.

It is almost midnight on Friday night. The house is quiet. The kids went to their dad's for the weekend for the first time in months (and that alone has made me grateful), but the big thing week ago I got married. Last Friday night I married Gary Eugene Armold II. He is sound asleep next to me. It is still so surreal. The life journey leading up to the day is something that I never would have imagined and all I can say is, "Who, but God?" (to borrow the phrase from my good friend) But seriously...who but God could have put all of this is motion.

Two years ago I thought our lives were over. The circumstances that we were living through were so painful and so crazy that I could never imagine this happy ending. Gary was in Virginia and he was going through his own trials and crazy circumstances. That would eventually put us together. We couldn't be more different, our families, our background, our temperament. But he compliments me in so many wonderful ways. Only God could have known what we needed in each other.

There are so many more things I could say about us and our journey, but what I really want to say here is this...God's not finished. He was not finished with me, even in my darkest moments, He was at work. He has a plan. He was not finished with Gary, He was molding his heart to be ready for this new chapter.

God can use you no matter what you are going through. He is the God of second chances, and third chances, and fourth chances. Don't give up. Don't throw in the towel. Don't lose heart. He has a plan and He is at work, even when it is too dark to see. You don't know what is around the corner.

I never expected to be Mrs. Armold. But I am so very thankful, there are no words. God still amazes me, in unexpected ways.