1I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the first Heaven, gone the first earth, gone the sea. 2I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband. 3-5I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: "Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They're his people, he's their God. He'll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone." The Enthroned continued, "Look! I'm making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate." - Rev. 21:1-5
I am reminded today as I look through the wedding preparations and work towards getting things in place that this whole process is such a learning experience not only in my relationships in this world, but also in my relationship with my Creator.
While this process can bring stress and frustration, I also am reminded that it is a privilege. As I look at how this relates to my relationship with Jesus I am amazed at the picture this gives me. I am preparing myself for my husband in many little ways.
The parallel here is the church being the bride of Christ. How are we (how am I) preparing ourselves for our groom? He is coming for us, will we be ready? What steps are we taking to prepare for that moment...which could be any time! Are we excited and anticipating that event?
This life of following Christ isn't a list of things to do/not do, disciplines rooted in religion, but it is a privilege! It is a life of anticipation for the day when Christ will return and claim his bride. We should serve Him with joy because we want to be prepared and bring others into that joy.
Am I done preparing for the wedding? No. But Each step has shown me a new aspect of the gospel that I am grateful for. God speaks to us in unique ways and as the day of our wedding approaches and my anticipation grows, I pray that my heart will long for Christ in the same way and I will be preparing myself for him as well.