Preparing a Place

I haven’t been asked to do too much on my own for the wedding. However, one of the things I am in charge of is figuring out what we’re going to do for a honeymoon.

Admittedly, the process has been difficult for me because I tend to over think things. I have literally looked all over creation for a place to take her including, among other things, a European river cruise, a granola mountain retreat in Peru and a trailer rental near Dollywood that has a go-kart track in the back yard.

All things considered, I could just choose a place we can afford to get to where it is unlikely that we’ll be kidnapped by drug-lords and call it a day. But somehow that feels like it’s not quite enough. I want to pick the place where my bride will be the happiest she can be. I want this trip to be perfect for her. But figuring that out based on tripadvisor.com reviews and expedia.com prices isn’t easy.

Example.

Everything you see in this picture could have been our “villa” for a few days, private pool and all. The place is within the budget (well, it was reallllllllllly close to being in the budget) and it’s in a safe location. It looked kinda perfect to me.

One problem: it wasn’t “all-inclusive.” You see, my fiance’ is tight with money; a bit of a cheapskate, if you will (I say that lovingly – she’s just not one to waste money, which is kinda awesome, really). If I take her somewhere we have to keep shelling out cash, she may just order side salads and drink water all week.

So the search continues.

Anyway, I say all that because today I was thinking about John 14.

 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:1-7 ESV)

[I know, I know, this post would make more sense if I were building my fiance’ a home with my bare hands, not planning a honeymoon. Whatever.]

In Chapter 13, Jesus has just told the disciples that one of the 12 would betray him and that he’s going to a place that they can’t come. The disciples are kinda freaking out here but Jesus assures them that he knows exactly what he’s doing: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”

Jesus tells them that his leaving is for their good because he is going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house: “I go to prepare a place for you.” Jesus provides comfort by reminding them that he knows exactly what’s best – he’s telling them to trust, to have faith. Jesus knows his bride (the Church) well enough to know exactly what she needs. The place Jesus is preparing for us will be perfect beyond belief.

And here we see the difference: I’ll be happy if I just know enough about my bride to ensure that the honeymoon isn’t a total disaster! Perfect? That’s God’s realm. Maybe I should just let Him plan this whole thing…

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