So I married a carpenter...
What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary two weeks ago. Rob’s dad threw a little party for us and asked the guests to share memories of the last 25 years knowing us. It was a very sweet time, and I am so blessed by all of their kind words. My mom took a turn and shared about our wedding day. She prefaced her remarks by telling everyone she had never really experienced “Murphy’s Law” until her daughter married a Murphy. She recalled how we picked a church with a cool ocean breeze that just happened to have it’s hottest day on record (of all time) that year on our afternoon wedding day with guys dressed in full tuxes. It was so hot, our guests were melting, and the little old ladies from the church serving at the reception wouldn’t give out punch or water until the cake was cut; it was awful! She also reminded everyone how our photographer got locked out of the building during the reception and missed all the cake cutting pictures. She shared more too, but the reason these things are so funny to us in our family goes way back. My parents have always marveled that at Christmas or birthdays no matter what they did our how they planned, I happened to be the kid who got the broken toy or missing parts. They would buy my sister and me the exact same thing and hers would work and mine wouldn’t. It’s kind of a family joke since it happened so often. So the irony here is that the kid with the broken stuff married a guy with the last name Murphy. And Murphy is associated with Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
But! I just happened to marry a carpenter! Doesn’t that just solve everything? Isn’t God’s irony funnier than ours? Give the daughter with the broken toys a carpenter to marry. Rob was a carpenter building and painting houses before we even met. Even when he became a pastor, he and his dad took on our church building project themselves. He can fix everything and make anything. And he does! He has worked on cars, sinks, roofing, cabinets and built stuff, fixed sprinklers, computers, ceiling fans, toilets... the list is huge. He even remodeled our house all by himself making four rooms into one great room taking out the fireplace too. Instead of moving to another house, he made the house we have the house we want. He is a great carpenter, and that comes in real handy for a girl like me.
So, what do you think I’m going to say next? Of course I’m going to use this amazing correlation for spiritual application because I also have a relationship with another Carpenter who fixes things! And I love his words... The hairs on my head are counted, even the grey ones, and I am valuable. He goes on to say to not worry about the things that dominate the hearts of unbelievers because God already knows what I need. Seek the Kingdom of God, above all else, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t be afraid, little flock, for it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom (v. 29-32).
Jesus has fixed everything that could possibly be broken in our lives by giving us a rich relationship with the One, True, and Living God. He meets our needs and cares for us like no one else can. Like my mother being relieved that her daughter with the broken toys married a guy who could fix stuff, so is my heart relieved that Jesus truly does that for me and my whole family and for all who believe in him!
Thank you Jesus,
I just can’t thank you enough for being a Carpenter. You truly fix things. You have constructed places for peace and joy in my heart. You have given me relief and freedom like the world does not experience, and I am so happy. And, by the way, I am so thankful for my husband whom I love so much. Thank you for making him a man who wants to be like you. Thank you that I married a carpenter and that my needs and desires around the house are met all the time with his great care for me and hard work for 25 years and counting. And thank you for being the One who faithfully fixes our hearts with your love and forgiveness, joy and peace everyday in our home and in our life together. I love you so much, and I just can’t thank you enough! And I pray in your name, amen.