The Wedding of a Lifetime

Two of my great friends from CIU are getting married soon.  One is getting married next month, and the other’s wedding is planned for the summer.  I am so excited to see what God has in store for both of these ladies and their future husbands as they follow Him faithfully.

As preparations continue for the upcoming festivities, I can’t help but reflect on marriage – God’s purpose in designing it and lessons I’m learning through it.

During a local church’s recent marriage series, the pastor captured the purpose of marriage in these words: “God invented marriage to be a picture of the gospel.”  I pray that my marriage and my friends’ marriages would tell the truth about Jesus’ covenant-keeping love.

Every relationship is full of joys and disappointments.  There are highs and lows, bright spots and dark moments.  The temptation is to idolize the good days and mislabel the bad ones.  What I mean is that there is a tendency to expect marriage to be something it was never designed to be. 

There is endless joy to be had and a flawless relationship to be celebrated.  But if you’re looking for that in your earthly marriage, you’re bound for disappointment.  Take a glimpse into the future, though, and you’ll soon identify your heart’s longing:

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 (Revelation 19:7).

That is the marriage we all – single, engaged, married, divorced, widowed – are eagerly anticipating.  Our hearts were created for it and every marital joy we experience in this life is only a foretaste of the banquet to come.

-Abbey Le Roy

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