When The Calm One asked me to marry him, I began all sorts of planning and preparation. Actually, truth be told, I did some planning when I was younger, long before TCO ever entered the picture. When there was just the dream of him. I thought about colors, snuck peeks into bridal magazines, and wrote down my ideas.
When he popped the question, though, the REAL preparations began. I went dress shopping, dragged my mom to Michael's and JoAnn's more times than either of us care to remember, and handed more receipts to my dad than he cares to remember.
The Calm One and I also attended a few sessions with our pastor in preparation for our marriage too. Though I have to admit, at the time I was more interested in the plans for our wedding day than discussing how much we knew about each other, about who was going to carry out the trash and who was going sit down and write out the bills. All that would work itself out, right? Riiiiiiight.
Anyway, as I was thinking back over this recently, I was reminded that I am a part of the church, Christ's Bride, also. And Jesus Christ will be returning for a mature Bride. A bride who is eagerly awaiting her groom.
I can honestly say that I am eagerly awaiting His return. No doubts there. Although, I must admit to feeling a tinge of guilt for wanting His return right now please when there are still people who reject Him or haven't heard of Him at all. I recognize the inherent selfishness of that.
But, am I making joyful, abundant and beautiful preparations for His return? Or am I going through the motions of a make-do, this-is-adequate kind of event? Did I do more for my earthly wedding day than I am now doing for His return and subsequent Heavenly wedding day?
I fear I am falling short. And it makes me sad. And it makes me want to do better.
12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4: 12-16
He is coming for His Bride as She makes herself ready, beautifully and gloriously adorned in Her garments of holiness and righteousness.
How are your preparations coming?