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Preparing for My Groom

I’ve invited my friend (and the Web Administrator here) to share with you what God has been teaching her. Last Monday, Molly wrote about how she reconciled the issue of experiencing depression while worshiping God. Today, she turns the corner and gives us a glimpse of what is happening as she prepares for her wedding!

I’m thankful that you’ve welcomed Molly to spend a few Mondays with us here on the blog!

Molly is a graduate of Moody Bible College and will be married in August. She is preparing to enter vocational ministry with her husband and also has the desire to be used as a writer. I’ve followed her blog for years and love her passion for God to be glorified. I think you’ll enjoy hearing her heart.

Here’s Molly ~

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It is an exciting time. A time filled with anticipation and longing, preparations and planning. In just a few of short weeks, I will be getting married to a wonderful, Godly man and I couldn’t be happier. Many of you who are married can remember the days and months of your engagement: the countdown to the “big day,” the many answered wedding questions, the incredible amount of decisions, the shopping trips, the bridal showers, the diets and workouts, and the meetings with the caterer and photographer and hair stylist and florist and cake baker.

These preparations are sometimes exciting and often overwhelming, but every bride-to-be knows that all of the hard work and planning will be worth it when she walks down that aisle she’s prepared and meets the man of her dreams waiting for her at the end of it.

In the midst of my own wedding plans, pre-marriage workouts, trips to the tanning bed, hours addressing invitations, outings to the mall, and time spent reading, Googling, researching, and Pinteresting to find the perfect wedding and discover how to be the perfect wife, the Lord stopped me in my tracks and asked me a question that penetrated my thoughts and went straight to my heart.

In the midst of all of your wedding planning and preparations for your groom-to-be, how often have you stopped to prepare yourself for Me and the Day your wedding signifies?

Amidst all the wedding preparations these past few months have held, I seem to have forgotten the significance and meaning of my wedding day and the marriage that will follow it:

[box]“Let us rejoice and exult
and give Him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and His Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure” (Revelation 19:7-9, ESV).[/box]

And in Ephesians 5:25-27:

[box]“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”[/box]

I have spent countless hours thinking about how I want to look on my wedding day, but how many hours have I spent pondering Jesus and who He is? I have spent both time and money trying to look my best for my groom-to-be, but how much have I invested in my own personal holiness and making myself ready for Jesus?

I have done so much to prepare for my wedding day at the end of the summer, but how much have I done to prepare myself for when I am united to my true Bridegroom, when Jesus comes in His splendor to take me, the Church, as His bride?

The truth is, I have been spending more time and energy preparing for the temporal details of my wedding day than I have been in the eternal realities of Christ and being His bride. I know now that investing in my relationship with Jesus will make me an even better bride for my earthly groom-to-be. Cultivating myself to be Jesus’ sanctified, holy, and blameless bride will make me a better woman, a kinder friend, and a more humble life partner.

Whether you are single, a bride-to-be like me, or a seasoned wife, I hope that these words can also be an exhortation to you to be preparing yourself for Christ. Wedding days come and go, diets don’t last, tans pale, young beauty flees with age, and marriages part with death, but the marriage of the Lamb is coming and it will last for an eternity.

Are you ready to be united to Him as His bride?

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