The past few weeks (months?) have been quite a ride on the emotional roller coaster for our family with stress a seemingly ever present companion. Like so many couples preparing for a wedding Anna and Toby hit a point at which they said, “why didn’t we just elope?” To be honest, I thought more than once, “Yeah, why didn’t you?” Saturday, of course, it all came to a crescendo. To call what went on at our house that day chaos might be accurate, but it simply doesn’t do justice to the whirlwind that actually happened at La Casa Myatt.
No, I’m not bah-humbugging my way into Ebenezer Scrooge territory. Today I look back on that event with great satisfaction. Yes, an absurd amount of planning, stress, work, emotion and money went into making that wedding happen. But such a herculean effort says, “this is important!” It says that something so significant was happening that day that we buy special clothes (that wedding dress cost how much? And you’re only going to wear it once?), we plan for months, we stress out over details, we hemorrhage money, the girls have their makeup done professionally and their hair as well, we work in a frenzy preparing and tearing down, we document every second of it photographically and we completely exhaust ourselves. Yes, this occasion vacuumed up a ridiculous amount of resources, and it was easily worth it all!
It was worth it because God was honored. The name of Jesus Christ took center stage at the wedding and that is worth all the effort. It was worth it because the event was a time of great joy. God is pleased at the laughter and rejoicing of his people, so we can be very sure that Saturday he was reveling in the joy that was present in such great abundance. It was worth it because it said to Toby and Anna that the commitment they made that day was the most important one they will make in their entire lives, apart from their commitment to Jesus Christ. It is the commitment that is the very foundation of society. All of the effort and the pageantry of the wedding told them that the relationship they began that day is the most important in their lives, for it has the potential to be the greatest source of love, intimacy, joy, strength, encouragement and growth they will ever experience. It is also the crucial component in the lives of future children, for the strength and unity of that marriage will be the single most powerful contributor to the security of those someday kids. Not only that, but the wedding also reminded all of us who were there of those same truths. It called us all back to honor with renewed vigor and joy that commitment that we have made, if married, and to the one we may make in the future if not.
So if you ask me, after all that was it really worth it? My answer is “you’d better believe it.” It was worth every penny, every ounce of effort, every minute of work, every bit of stress and far more besides. I enjoyed every minute of it and give thanks to God for it. Even today I get choked up when I think about it, but also find myself grinning from ear to ear when I see the joy on the faces of Anna and Toby in pictures of that day. Of course, looking forward I also think that a destination wedding might not be the worst thing in the world.