On Saturday, I was on my way to conduct a wedding on Tybee Island scheduled to happen at 5 p.m. I was just a couple of miles west of the Bull River Bridge when all of a sudden, the traffic stopped.
It didn’t take me long to realize that there had been a wreck up ahead because ambulances, law-enforcement vehicles and fire trucks flew by me. The problem was that half of the wedding party and I were on the Savannah side, while the other half of the party was on the island — and neither side could get to the other.
The wedding did end up happening, but it was at 10:30 p.m. Of course, everything didn’t end up as planned.
There were quite a few positives to take away from the day, however. First is the fact that a relationship is not based on an event. A perfect wedding doesn’t mean there will be a good marriage. Actually, this kind of test can prove that true love and loyalty — which make a great marriage — really exist. This couple has the rest of their lives to enjoy growing together; the wedding event is just the beginning of a life of commitment.
Also, they can be thankful that none of their family members or friends was involved in the accident. I personally made a wrong turn that cost me just a few minutes; if I hadn’t, it could have put me really close to — if not right where — the accident happened.
In all of life, we need to put things in proper perspective, for every cloud has a silver lining. God has a plan for each one of us, and we cannot always see it in our circumstances. Sometimes, the Lord is using a situation to draw us closer to him or to teach us some valuable lesson.