This is the week of the Royal wedding between Prince William and Catherine. 30 years ago Prince William’s Mom and Dad, Prince Charles and Lady Diana had their very public royal wedding – seen around the world. It brings back a lot of memories for me. My Mother and I got up in the middle of the night to catch a glimpse of the beautiful princess in her wedding dress and see the wedding on a little color TV in our basement. I was engaged and planning my wedding while watching this – and it held special interest for me – for sure! The royal wedding was in July, I believe – and mine (not so royal) was in September.
Now we all know the very sad outcome of that royal wedding and for that royal couple – 30 years later. It was doomed from the start. We all know now – what we did NOT know then – the Prince was in love with another women – and this marriage to Diana was very much arranged – as Diana was seen as a suitable bride for a future King with her connections and blood line. But would she have married him – if she knew what sadness lay in store for her? Hind-site is always crystal clear – less complicated and true, isn’t it?
But if Diana had not married Prince Charles – she never would have had Prince William and Harry – who both seem so down to earth and actually normal. Everything I’ve read and seen with my own eyes about William and Kate is refreshingly ‘un-stuffy’ and relaxed. William – an accident of a very bad Royal arranged marriage – or an act of providence?
What about all the children who should not have been born? The mistakes and bad choices that people make? My own Dad was the product of a bad marriage that did not last. One could argue – should they have married and produced a son? Should he ever have been born? Accident or Providence?
Well I do know that if he had not been born – he could not have affected, influenced and touched all the students that he did – being first a high school music teacher in Canada – and then later a professor at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. I also realize that I would not have been born either.
God sees the big picture – turns our accidents into providence. Takes mistakes and bad choices and gives a second chance – turning something bad into something beautiful. I’m so glad for this, aren’t you?
Are you an accident? Do you wonder why things are the way they are? Just remember – with God – there are NO ACCIDENTS – only opportunities to display His glory and His generosity to you. He can take whatever started as a bad decision or a trip down a long, dark and bleak journey – and set it to right. He can use a ‘mistake’ and give it honor and dignity.
I’m so glad for this. My God can take any wrong and any mess-up of mine and turn it completely around – bringing new life. It makes me smile – and gives me hope. Not so royal – but in God’s eyes – very majestic and regal – my life, worthy of honor – worthy of saving – all in God’s providence.