The thing about omens…

Do you believe in omens? 

I do believe that the universe sends us signs at times to guide us to make better choices. And if I really trusted these initial signs, maybe I wouldn’t have married my husband. Hear me out on this…

After my husband proposed, we set to planning our nuptials. We traveled to my hometown to go to a service in my church after we had booked our caterer. The very next day, a microburst blew through as part of a severe thunderstorm. As a result, the steeple of my church was ripped off the building and deposited on the lawn of my historic church, rendering the sanctuary temporarily useless. Yikes. We suddenly had to find a new church in my town in which to get married. 

The original photographer we wanted couldn’t shoot our wedding. Our date, it seems, was very popular, as this was to also be his wedding day!

Fast forward to the weeks leading up to the wedding, and even more bad stuff happened. My parents became disgruntled with the minister at my church, and they decided that he should no longer participate in our wedding. That left our Richmond minister in charge of the entire ceremony. And then a few days prior to our date, my minister of music’s father suddenly passed away. So a substitution had to be made there, too. 

With all of those things happening, we still managed to get married. We just celebrated our 22nd anniversary. It’s amazing that we have made it this long together! Not that I don’t love my husband, but because of the omens!

As I have learned more about my childhood church, I am seeing these events from a new perspective. Perhaps these events weren’t omens for a bad marriage at all. Instead, I think the universe wanted to cleave our marriage from my childhood church altogether. Besides some of the wedding guests, there is no connection between the church in which I was raised and my wedding. No one from church leadership was involved in our ceremony at all. Instead of viewing the beginning of my new life with my loving husband rooted in hurt, it began on a clean slate, with more connections to my Richmond home than my one in Tidewater. 

It’s funny how the universe works.


Do you believe in omens? I’d love to hear about your experiences with this. 

As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy. 

Published by annecreates

I am a physical therapist, wife, mom, runner, artist, and vegan. I'm passionate about helping others find wellness, speaking about the human experience, and in fighting for social justice. Assistant Coach for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. Current ambassador for: Boco Gear, SaltStick, SPIbelt, Goodr, Noxgear, and Switch4Good.

4 thoughts on “The thing about omens…

  1. I believe there are times that you should listen to your gut, or that little voice inside your head/heart. But, when things like you talk about happened, I think it allowed you both to see how each other handle disappointments/changes/disruptions to plans and made you more determined than ever to get married and know that you could handle anything the universe threw at you, as long as you did it together.

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