Just five months ago one of my favorite people on this planet got married to one of my new favorite people on this planet. My sweet brother married my new sister, who I affectionately call ‘Ducky.’ Before their special day, my brother and I talked about Ducky much and prayed, prayed, and prayed some more over the two years leading up to the wedding. They were far from each other throughout their friendship and relationship. I can count on my hands how many times they actually saw each other in person before they said their vows. It was a fun journey to be on. Sure, I knew much more of my brother’s side than Ducky’s, but I can imagine that her preparations to be a bride were in full swing the day my brother said, “I’m going to marry you,” like a crazy person on the first day he met her (yes, they’d emailed and FaceTimed before, but it got really real when he actually laid eyes on her). I’m sure Ducky was thinking, “Is he being serious?! Oh wait, I think he is. This guy is crazy. But I kind of like it. Wow, this might actually happen.”
Fast forward to April 25th, Ducky was the most beautiful bride. And no, I don’t say that about every bride. She was perfect. Not just because of her outward beauty, which was absolutely flawless, but her heart was so ready for the day that had finally come. All that exuded from her was joy, peace and humility. She was radiating as a bride because her heart was ready. It was the perfect day because this beautiful bride was ready for her most-perfect groom. She was ready to give life as she knew it to her soon-to-be husband. She was ready to serve him from this day forward because she had prepared and practiced since she knew it would be him. She was ready, no matter rain or shine.
Their wedding was supposed to take place outside. As the big day was approaching, we were continuously checking the weather. And praying. My brother would always remind us all to pray one thing: “Lord, whatever You want, that’s what we want, no matter rain or shine.” The forecast was showing rain showers. Everyone was a little bummed. Everyone except for this bride and groom. And now that I think of it all, why would they care if it rained on their wedding day and plan B had to be executed? Well, 1) there’s never a plan B when we commit things to the Lord; He knows and orders our steps, and 2) it was the day they had waited patiently and expectantly for, it was finally THE day, why would they care about rain?!
Reminiscing on April 25th only makes me think of what I’m waiting for. Yes, I’m waiting patiently (sometimes not so patiently) for my groom here, Lord willing. But even more so, Jesus. I’m waiting to be with my Heavenly Bridegroom. The Church, His Church, waits. Patiently. Expectantly. In the wait, a bride prepares for her groom in every way; in every way, her thinking changes. She prays to be the best for her groom, so on that day, she will be ready. I want to be ready for Him. I want that day, when I’m face to face with Him, to be a day that gives Him great joy. And for forever after that. No matter what the days look like leading up to that day, I want my heart to be ready.
Come, Lord, but until then, prepare this heart to praise You for an eternity.
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. | Revelation 22:20