Monthly Archives: April 2011
If you’d allow me, I’d love to share a few thoughts about these guys. But not just regular, normal thoughts associated with a wedding. Let’s the get the obvious out of the way: she does resemble Princess Jasmine. And yes, he’s as big as Shrek (better looking though). But knowing these two stirs our souls toward something deeper. I’m hoping I can connect with a bit of that here.
We first met Natasha when she was a bridesmaid in another couple’s wedding. Immediately, we connected with her – her love for life, her passionate excitement, the way she exudes life in every sentence she speaks. And we were taken quickly with her fiance, Grant. Having never met him, we loved that he was serving as a full time missionary in Haiti (which is also what my youngest sister is currently doing). We loved hearing about how he was giving his life away to those in the earthquake, poverty, and disease ravaged country. And we loved hearing that their plan following their wedding was to serve together there.
I rarely hear about much in Haiti these days. After the earthquake relief money was raised, celebrities seemingly have moved on, media coverage has died down, and yet the country is far from “fixed.” Grant came home on a brief furlough from his time there to visit Natasha and we were lucky enough to meet him in person a few months ago. His stories about the current state of Haiti sent chills down our spines, as have my sister’s stories. Grant is a man who played college football, is enigmatic, passionate, smart, driven, and funny. And immediately following school, he moved to Haiti. Without thought of the American dream, he’s giving his life to those with terrible infection, cholera (which he contracted some months ago), and whose children have nothing to play with. Tent cities are everywhere. Food is scarce.
It stirs me because, I think, I am easily wrapped up in a convenient Western “bubble”. We frequently use words like “epic” and “amazing” to describe things like movies and the newest, coolest music out there. I catch myself envying the big house down the street or the nicer car that passes me. So, seeing two people who are giving their time, energy, and talents to those who have nothing – two people who as newlyweds aren’t intent on buying a house right now – two people who are finding the richness of life in the poorest of countries – those things point us to something deeper. Knowing Natasha and Grant is such a privilege and we’re lucky to call them friends. More than that, knowing them is refreshing to my soul.
For one day, we were lucky enough to witness their giddy excitement as they gave their lives to each other.
“How good is God?” asked the pastor repeatedly as snow fell outside. “How good is God to prepare each of you for the other?” Knowing Natasha and Grant, and judging by the looks on their faces all day long – He IS good. Here is some of that goodness in pictures. Hope you enjoy:)