Last weekend, my wife and I traveled back to our home town to attend the wedding of a couple of people whom we have known for many years. I made a few life altering observations during the day that I’d like to share with you in today’s post.
Out of Thin Air?
Love takes time. It may sound cliche, but it’s very true. I had the privilege of knowing both the bride and groom at this wedding. For years, this bride and groom were involved in a similar circle of friends. Many of their friends around them had already gotten married in previous years, and I’m sure they both wondered if that day would ever come for them.
Personally speaking, I never imagined these two people getting married to one another. It never crossed my mind because I was not aware of any external signs between them that pointed toward their impending matrimony. Their love and marriage seemed to appear out of thin air. I was wrong, however. Over the years, something was happening to them internally that could not be seen by others, including themselves.
They were being prepared for one another independent of their own effort.
At just the right time, the Lord opened their eyes to one another in a new way. They clearly saw the story of love that had been unfolding all around them. What was once unthinkable, was now obvious to them. They were being joined together by love.
As the bride and groom stood in front of the crowd assembled to celebrate their special day, two thoughts kept running through my head about them.
The groom was picky.
Like the prince in Cinderella, there was a specific girl that he was looking for. When he saw her, he would know it. He would not settle for any other, and he is certainly not in a hurry. He would take his time to find her. Finally, this groom found his Cinderella.
Christ is the same way.
My friend (the groom) is like Christ. He has perfectly received Christ’s righteousness as his new nature. Because of this, only a perfect bride will do for him. That brings me to the other thought I had as I observed them on their wedding day.
The bride has been prepared.
Although she had wanted to be married much earlier, the timing of their union was perfect. She had been perfectly prepared for this day. She is perfect.
We are the same way.
My friend (the bride) is like us. Her previous relationships were but shadows, increasing her longing for this special day with her one true love. We too have been prepared for this union with our bridegroom (Christ), and it has come at just the right time. We have been meticulously prepared.
Now, I know that some of you are thinking that we are still a work in progress. You might think that we are not yet perfect or prepared. Some of you may even be thinking that this special wedding day for which we have been prepared is still far off in a future realm somewhere. If you think that, you are right.
There is good news, however.
That future heavenly day is a present tense reality in Christ. In Christ, the future has broken into the present. We live from that day right now!
A Reconciliation For The Ages
In addition to my friends getting married that day, something else incredible happened. A monumental reconciliation occurred. This reconciliation meant the world to me. My words here cannot fully communicate the enormity of this miracle.
Attending this wedding were some dear, precious, holy people whom I have loved very much. Unfortunately, hurt and differences have divided us from one another over the years. Some of these differences have seemed insurmountable. I even thought some of these relationships were dead & buried.
This wedding, however, showed me that true love cannot be defeated.
Throughout the evening during the wedding reception, I spent time simply being with a couple of these precious saints. As we spent time together, I noticed something profound. All the offense of the previous years were gone as if it had never occurred! As a matter of fact, the love I experienced for them actually seemed richer and more developed than in previous years. Like wine, this internal love had been maturing with time. There is no natural explanation for this; only a supernatural one.
Like wine, you cannot tell of its richness and depth simply by looking at it externally. It must be tasted & consumed. As I tasted Christ’s love in me and our reconciled friends that evening, I realized that true love has staying power.
Love lasts longer than offense & misunderstanding.
Love lasts longer than theological differences.
Love lasts longer than fear.
God is love.
Christ is love personified.
During the wedding ceremony, there was a banner from Ecclesiastes 3:11 hanging over the head of the bride and groom that said:
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
I believed this before the wedding, but I believe this even more now. It took the unlikely love of a bride & groom at a wedding to reconcile separated brothers and sisters to one another. Could that wedding day last weekend be a shadow of something greater? I think so, and we’re in for quite a treat.