In September, I wrote about single male friend and single female friend whom we invited for dinner to see if we could make a match. Well, this past Saturday, male friend put a ring on female friend’s finger! And she said yes! They’re to wed this August. We celebrated with this happy couple on Saturday evening, along with their families and other friends. There was a joy among all of us and an excitement about what the future holds for these two dear people—a wedding, two new lives coming together, the first days of marriage, growth, and, who knows what else?! We’ll just have to wait and see.
Many on Saturday asked Jenn and I that we must be feeling good about ourselves. I’m actually inclined to be praying for this couple all the more! I’ve also enjoyed reflecting on the impact that each of us has on others. When Jenn and I set these two wonderful people up, we had hoped that this past Saturday’s event would have happened, but we had no clue how it would happen. I don’t feel that Jenn’s and my connecting these two led to Saturday’s proposal. If anything, it was a mere facilitation of the first event that led these two to date the past 6 months and grow in their own initiative toward each other. This is what led to male friend’s proposal. Still, if Jenn and I had not hosted that first dinner six months ago, the chain of events that has been our friends’ lives would not have happened. The small action we took of seeing something good and acting on it has lead to something wonderful and will continue to bear fruit for years to come.
Similarly, for Jenn and I, the couple that helped facilitate our meeting in a Bible study 10 houses down from where we now live cannot really claim to have set us up. But their original actions of hosting and inviting us to a shared event lead to something much more wonderful, far beyond their original expectations. May each of us be seeking our own role in this—finding the things that only we can do to allow something so much more wonderful to happen as a result of it. Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus in one of my favorite passages, that Jesus “has prepared good works in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). May we be on the lookout for those good works and be a part of something much bigger than ourselves. Press on!