My whole life, I’ve known this day would come — the day when my prince and I will be united; when two will become one.
However, as a little girl, I was never the type to daydream about my wedding. I hadn’t even thought about my wedding colors until after we got engaged. I had never touched a bridal magazine until just a couple months ago. Now, if you’re wondering if I’m excited about getting married, you can ask my roommate or my students — the people who see me every day and have to hear me rambling on and on about June 11th, 2010 — and they will testify that I am ecstatic!
With this rising anticipation blossoming inside of me each day, I find myself beginning to understand why Jesus compares himself to a groom in the Bible. Maybe that was partially for us engaged girls who need to be reminded that as exciting as getting married is, our lifelong relationship with Christ and His return are even more exciting!
I was just reading Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom. Basically, the groom (symbolizing Christ) was coming to take all ten young ladies (symbolizing Christ’s followers) to a banquet, but five of them did not have enough oil in their lamps to stay up waiting for the bridegroom. While they were out buying oil, the bridegroom came, and those five women did not get to go to the banquet.
Essentially, five of these women were distracted by something else when they should have been focused on Christ. In modern day terms, maybe they were too busy watching Entertainment Tonight and reading celebrity magazines that they weren’t thinking about God. Maybe they were caught up in becoming successful businesswomen. Maybe they were swept into the whirlwind of raising kids, keeping their husbands happy, and maintaining a clean household. But something distracted them from Jesus.
As glorious as wedding planning, raising a family, or having a career may be, I never want any of those things to steer any of my focus away from Jesus. I want my lamp to be burning brightly, so that He can see that I am waiting for Him more than I’m waiting on any life circumstance!
Getting married, having kids, finding my life’s calling, are all exciting. But I won’t find any of my fulfillment from those things. My fulfillment comes from my connection with the Bridegroom.
May all of our hope be in You, Bridegroom! May we be found captivated by the wait for the biggest wedding of all time — when we, Your Church, are united with You forever!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13