There is nothing like watching the groom’s face as he sees his bride coming toward him down the aisle on their wedding day.
I always chose to watch him instead of the bride. Very rarely am I disappointed in his countenance. As the matron of honor at my dear friend's wedding this past weekend, I had the privilege of witnessing this from a very front row. Tears welling his eyes, a perfect smile and a slight lean forward in an effort to make her journey toward him just a little shorter.
Next, the wedding vows. As I listened to the definitive “I will” statements (which my husband and I even turned into “I promise to always…”), I knew in my heart they will break them in some way. Not because they want to or because their relationship is flawed, but because no human is capable of always being honest, encouraging, trusting, loving, respectful and faithful.
I can still see my husband’s face as the church doors opened and he waited eagerly for me, seemingly miles away. I knew I was loved. I remember the feeling in my heart as I said each word of my carefully written vows.
He was loved. I wanted to believe that I would never fail in keeping each and every commitment and I am sure he felt the same. But we both have time and time again.
There is someone who has made those statements, yet has not failed us. When the Lord of all Creation says, “I will” or “I promise,” he does.
Jesus promises to remember his covenant with us (Genesis 9:15), to keep his steadfast love (Psalm 42:8), to never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and to remain unchanging (Malachi 3:6).
Every woman, whether willing to admit it or not, longs for a true love with these qualities. Always faithful, always true. The Bible calls Jesus the bridegroom, and we (those that know him) are his bride (John 3:28-30). It also says that all the promises of God find their Yes in him. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
In our children’s “Jesus Storybook Bible,” Sally Lloyd-Jones describes the Bible as a “love story about a brave prince who leaves his palace, his throne - everything - to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!”
Imagine Jesus' face as he sees his perfect bride approaching him on the throne of glory! Seeing us unblemished because of what he did. Anticipating our union for all of eternity - without the pain and hurt of broken promises.
Oh, how I long for that day!
You have given us a groom that we have done nothing to deserve. Faithful when we are not. Loving when we are not. Longing for a perfect union with his bride.
I cannot even imagine the beauty of that wedding day. All the time and money that goes into the most glorious of weddings here on earth will not come close.
Thank you for loving me enough to send your son to die that I could have it all. When experience the heartache of broken promises here on earth, please remind us of your unchanging faithfulness.
Your Loved in the Round,
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