598 tormentingly long days, but it finally came.
That’s 14,352 hours.
598 days ago my son Bobby proposed to the love of his life, Kaitlyn.
Then they waited . . .
and waited . . .
and waited for their wedding day to come.
It’s not easy for the bride to wait for her groom — or for the groom to wait for his bride!
But when the day finally came, WOW! What a glorious day it was.
Bobby and Kaitlyn got married in a majestic setting in Black Mountain, NC.
As the service was about to begin, I walked outside with the wedding party and saw so many of our friends and family waiting for us. My heart was overwhelmed.
All I could think was, “It’s really happening! Right now! This is the moment we’ve waited for so long, and it’s actually, truly happening.” Tears flowed with overwhelming joy.
When the time came, and the music started, Bobby stood at the front, his eyes locked on his love, his beautiful bride, Kaitlyn.
The long wait was over, joy complete. They finally became man and wife.
God, in His sheer genius-ness, gave us this incredible relationship not just for our joy, but also to give us a picture of our relationship with Christ.
All who’ve trusted in Christ for salvation are His Bride. And one day our Bridegroom will come for us.
The disciples wrote in the first century that Jesus is coming soon.
We’re still waiting, and He’s still coming.
He won’t be one second late.
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
~ Revelation 22:20, KJV
But waiting can be so hard.
During those longs days of waiting, Kaitlyn stayed busy getting herself ready for the day. She bought a gorgeous dress and planned the most lovely service.
But that’s not the most important work she did.
Most of all, Kaitlyn focused on devoting her heart to her ultimate Bridegroom, Christ, so that she can best love her earthly groom.
She sought to let Christ mold her into the bride God desired her to be for Bobby.
Bobby, too, looked to Christ to shape him into the groom she needs and wants. Through Christ, he prepared himself for her.
Time waiting is not time wasted. It’s life transforming.
Yes, we’re waiting for what feels eternity for Christ to come for His Bride, but it’s not time wasted. There’s still a world full of people who are not ready. When He comes, it will be too late for them to get ready then.
Now is the time. Jesus is coming. Maybe in a thousand years. Maybe tomorrow. But He’s coming.
Who will be ready?
Don’t waste this waiting time. Get ready. Place your faith in Christ, the Bridegroom, today.
And when He comes, for all who are ready, it will be the best day EVER!
Kristian Stanfill’s song “Even So Come,” perfectly portrays this message and my heart today, two days after my son received his bride.
Come, celebrate with our family over the marriage of our son and his bride, Bobby & Kaitlyn. And get ready for the day when our Bridegroom Jesus Christ will come for us, His bride.
Even so come!
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