Reflections Of... Belonging!
And he lived happily ever after!
One of the simplest needs of mankind is…
The need to belong.
Just to be connected with somebody and feel that—no matter how far it takes or how much time it involves…
There is a place where we all belong.
Everybody who belongs…
Everybody else belongs.
But there are people in this world…
Who spend their lives wishing for one thing…
To find someone they can belong to…
To find somewhere where they belong.
And when they do find that someone AND that somewhere—there is no greater comfort in knowing—they finally belong!
I went to visit Rich and Kristin and their children Emma and Cohen.
They live about a hundred miles away—Bella and I love to drive—okay, so she drives, and I ride along.
Rich and Kristin mean a lot to us—it one Saturday, February 14th, 2015—yes, that would be Valentine’s Day…
When the most beautiful wedding scene I have ever witnessed happened.
There was this Central Park in Winter Park, Florida—around 2pm on a sunny day filled with families playing catch and tag in the Central Park.
Until a bride—on her way to her wedding—walked thru the middle of the park and…everyone stopped and gazed at the beautiful bride!
Kristin was that bride- Rich was that groom- I was that preacher performing the ceremony!
So…we are invested in them as a couple and as a family.
We had a great afternoon of just catching up with everyone. They have two remarkable children- both of them are gifted in their own right.
It was a pleasure talking with both Emma and Cohen—on their level—on what mattered to them—just connecting to them.
As we started to leave—I asked to pray for this family.
We gathered in a circle and I started to pray, but before I did…
I reminded Rich where he was 5 years ago.
You see…5 years ago, Rich was in New Hampshire, dealing with a lot of baggage—and not living happily ever after.
I reminded him that MySandy, his stepmom, called me and said “I have to find my husband’s son—I don’t know how but I know I have to. We found each other so maybe I can find Rich the same way—through FaceBook!”
And 3 weeks later—she had located Rich and confirmed that he was the son of her husband—they had not seen each other in 20 years.
A month later—Rich came for a visit to meet his Dad—it was Sandy who picked Rich up from the airport—they had talked a lot in that last month.
Visit went well—2 weeks later—Rich was moving from New Hampshire into Sandy and his Dad’s house.
And that was 5 years ago.
During that time, Rich met a girl named Kristin, who had a son and a daughter—Cohen and Emma!
The two of them fell in love—the four of them became a family.
Two years ago—I connected those four as a family when I officiated those two becoming a couple.
And the young man who was “NOT” living happily ever after in New Hampshire 5 years ago—
Is now the happiest man on the face of the earth—over worked and sleep deprived maybe—but still…
Happily ever after is now where Rich lives.
And I looked at him and said—“Rich, look around…5 years ago—you didn’t know where you belonged in this world…
You just didn’t know that God had a plan and place and that your “Belong” was waiting for you in Ocala, Florida.
But finally…you have a home, you have a wife, you have a family—you belong here!”
And we all cried a little—joy can do that to you!
The Word says “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper, to have an expected end…”
To have a place where…