When I was in Uganda, I noticed that when the people drove or walked to their desired destination, they didn't talk on the phone, or text, or listen to music. They either walked in silence (probably praying) or sang/ hummed worship songs. It was small observation I made, but I've made it point to try it from time to time. Too often I'm not okay with silence or just being still before the Lord. With all the traveling I've done this summer, my many hours spent in the car have been extremely life giving and such sweet times to hear from the Lord and to pray.
This summer, I've been so incredibly blessed to watch two good friends/couples get married, and again I'll watch one of my best friends get married August 25th. The two weddings I have been to so far have been Christ honor, God glorifying, and just down right some of the best celebrations I've been to in a while! I'm confident the third will be as well.
All three couples love the Lord deeply and have in their own ways pushed me to know the Lord more and have increased my desire for a deeper relationship with Jesus. Befittingly, their weddings were honoring to God.
Recently, while I was driving in silence, Revelations 21:1,2 came to mind, speaking of the New Heaven and New Earth: "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband" (emphasis mine).
The Church is describe as the bride of Christ all throughout scripture, so I guess for all intents and purposes Jesus is an engaged King. I'm sure most grooms can attest to the built up anticipation and excitement that occurs for the time the bride makes her grand appearance.
In my friend Ashley's wedding, I was a bridesmaid and I was completely unaware, until that point, the time, effort, and impeccable detail that goes into preparing a bride for her groom. The emotion, and again excitement, that happens behind the scenes for the bride is beautiful. And when Ashley made her appearance, and everyone stood, she looked perfect.
I'm excited for the day when we, The Church (Christ's bride), will actually BE PERFECT and be joined forever with Jesus, her Groom. Revelations 21:3 describes it as such, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God."
The thought of that day I'm sure, will be the most joyful day for the men and woman who follow Jesus.The certainty of this day, should propel believers to rejoice often that their names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). And with the expectancy of that day, I pray we never forget the cost of the engagement of Christ to his bride; the very life of Jesus.
I'm confident it will be unlike anything believers have ever experienced, and we'll rejoice in the ultimate celebration (see Rev. 19:6-9), both in joy and affirmation that this is where we were created to be.