We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary in 2014. Married life began in a storm, and what a storm. It was a one in 20 year weather event, apparently. It had gone on for a week and shown no signs of abating.
The month of February is full on summer in NZ and we thought the weather would be good for our wedding. Wrong!
I think it was because we had a big evangelistic crusade in New Zealand at the time, and it had gone to Wellington, our capital which was only two hours away. The campaign, Impact World Tour was brilliant because all the churches of different denominations came together and worked as one to reach people for the Lord. We were all involved in different ways.
The devil didn’t like it and tried to rain out all the venues. It was a spiritual battle. The only problem was our wedding was being affected by the weather too. I should have thought about it more when we chose the date.
Everyone asked us what plan B was for the weather. There was no plan B. My fiancee decided to go ahead with having the ceremony in the garden. It had a strange calm about it, even though the wind blew through the trees around this place named Homestead Garden.
There is a scripture in Isaiah 25:4 that describes God as being a refuge in the storm.
When we got married we invited God to the wedding, which went off without a hitch in an island of calm, with radiant sunshine. Our guests got sunburnt. All the other outdoor weddings that day got rained out and blown out. People were amazed that the storm didn’t touch us. I’ve never known such favour.
As we were saying our vows, two Monarch butterflies fluttered their way across the lawn in front of us. It was a beautiful sign to be given. The butterfly has turned up at different places in the story.
You’ll see the butterfly emerge in Chapter 5 of my book ‘The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams.’. It flutters into the story again in Chapter 8, ‘Shelter in the Storm.’ This time, it’s not alone.
Here are a few photos of our wedding in the storm.