Open the window and let out the stink!”
JK! Sorry! Trying to bring a little smile to your face! So just admit it~ you smiled, didn’t you?!
What about this one:
First comes love, then comes marriage.
Then comes baby in the baby carriage!”
Add to that the cost of a photographer/videographer, musicians, ministers, decorations for the church and for the tables at the reception, bridesmaids luncheon, invitation purchase, printing and mailing…and so forth! Oh my goodness!!! It’s so expensive! Praise the Lord Britney is very conservative, not at all frou-frou, and appreciates the value of a dollar. I have been so extremely proud of her for doing her research in every situation, comparing prices, and trying to be mindful of her attendant’s budgets, as well. It truly is going to be a gorgeous wedding, and I cannot wait…but the reality of financing such a special event is shocking.
I must, however, give you the abbreviated version (yeah, right, Lisa Syler give anything in abbreviated form?) of the purchase of her wedding gown. We accidentally/on purpose stopped by a bridal salon 2 days after she was proposed to only to check on a Bridal planning guide. About 2 ½ later we left the place, and she had found a dress she absolutely loved! We told the proprietor that we could not purchase that day, as her father and I had not even discussed a wedding budget between us, let alone with Britney. However, as you might expect, "that dress is being discontinued in 2 days, so if you want that one, we need to know by tomorrow so we can get it ordered from China and get it here in time for alterations”. Uh-huh! Sure!
Yet, I asked myself today, “How are you doing, Lisa, in your preparation for your bridegroom, Jesus Christ, to return for you, His bride, for all of eternity…and I am ashamed! Oh, I participate in (even lead) Bible studies; I go to church and volunteer my time and services; I tithe and give to many charitable organizations; I go on foreign mission trips each year and serve people there; I pray (not like I should, but I pray)…but my heart certainly does not always reflect a clean house prepared for the coming of my heavenly Bridegroom! How dare I spend more time planning my daughter’s wedding than I spend time with my Lord?
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.’
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Rev.19: 6-10)
“…his bride has made herself ready.” The tense of the verb “has made” means that it is an ongoing process~ not a one time, punctiliar act, but an ongoing, day-by-day, moment-by-moment process of being prepared for my Bridegroom to return for me! Oh, how short I fall…and I am humbled, yet ashamed…and determined to start this moment making myself ready for His return! Even in the planning of my daughter’s wedding I should emulate Jesus! I should be asking myself if everything I am saying, doing, and thinking represents “Christ in me, the hope of glory”. (Col 1:27)