The bride chose a peach beverage for the reception, shipped in blue bottles and packed in silver crates. At the Gettysburg depot, Judy hurriedly loaded the wagon with brown crates wrapped in silver and blue ribbons, not discovering her mix-up until the wedding guests called for “more of that delicious apple punch!” Judy sent a telegram, describing her mistake to the other company’s manager. He replied: “No problem. Possible peach lemon bubbly as new product. Congratulations to the new couple.”
“When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.”
—John 2:9, 10 KJV
On the island of Oahu, the captain’s bride insisted on selling a group of slaves, including June and Moose, to a pineapple plantation owner. She claimed the wedding dress that June had created made her look like a pineapple.
“And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.”
—Esther 5:11 KJV
June earned her pineapple prep degree from the many parties the captain hosted in the Port of Manila. When the captain’s bride-to-be demanded that she sew her wedding dress, June thankfully accepted the difficult but cleaner task.
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
—Revelation 3:18 KJV
Settled in their cabin on their first night home, Montana concluded his story: “I learned a thousand uses for peaches—and saw a thousand ways of God’s provision.” Montana brought out a stovepipe hat and placed it on his head. “This is the souvenir Cream insisted I purchase. On winter evenings, we both worked on memorizing Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The gift shop at the train depot sold the hats, along with copies of Lincoln’s speech. I had the long train ride home to polish my memory.” Montana proudly finished reciting the address. Susanna rewarded him with a piece of fresh apple pie, placed on a dessert plate they had received as a wedding gift.
“Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.”
—Nehemiah 9:21 KJV
As Susanna began to uncover the blessings in her troubles, she joyfully embraced the new start God provided.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.”
—Luke 12:34-37 KJV