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This morning as I hurriedly styled my hair, threw on an outfit and grab my make up to start and finish in the car, I was reminded of the the time and effort I used to put into getting myself ready for my man. No anticipation, no preparation, no excitement…but after all, I wasn't going on a date, right? We’ve been married for 12 years. He knows me and accepts me just as I am. There is no need to “dress to impress” anymore. Or is there…
How often is it the same with Jesus?
How often do you say, “I don’t need to bother with that anymore. He loves and accepts me. There is no need to prepare for our meetings.”? You may have never said those words or even thought them. But ladies, let me tell you, you and I, we’ve all said it with our actions. Day after day, we jump out of bed, maybe read a quick scripture, say a quick prayer over the day as we rush to get the family out the door. We hurry through they day keeping appointments, running errands, doing all the “this and that” that invade our calendars. We end our night again with a quick prayer, said by our children while kneeling at their bedside and then it’s off to sleep ourselves. No time for preparation. No anticipation of meeting with our man, no excitement of catching a glimpse of him that day.
In Mark 2:19 & Matthew 25:1-10, Jesus is referred to as our bridegroom. For those of us who know Him as Savior, we know that one day he is coming back for his Bride, the church. Can you imagine a bride that wasn’t looking forward to her wedding day, counting down the hours-even minutes, in heart-pounding anticipation of how wonderful that special day is going to be?! Can you imagine not being giddy with excitement at the prospect of seeing the Groom the day of the wedding, trying to catch a glimpse of him whenever possible. Can you imagine a bride spending little to no time preparing for their “big day”? Neither can I!! Yet, this is how we treat our Bridegroom every day. I say we, because I am equally guilty.
How do I prepare for my Groom?
- Be in the Word daily. Our Groom loves to talk with us! He's written us love letters and longs for us to read them each day.
- Spend time with him every day. Remember, when you were thrilled to just spend a few moments together with your man, just you and him? It’s the same with Jesus. It’s not how long, although that too is important in building any relationship, it's the quality of time you spend together. It may be a few stolen moments together, just the two of you. But those few moments can fill your day with unspeakable joy!
- Look for him. Look around you throughout the day. Try to catch a glimpse of him. It may be in a beautiful sunrise the two of you share over His love letter and coffee. It may be in a soft breeze that carries you away for a moment. It may be in the laughter of your children as He smiles watching you play together. He’s there and he's longing with anticipation for you to take notice!
So what are you waiting for? You don't want to keep your man waiting.
“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.” ~Revelations 19:7
Now, it’s your turn. What will you do this week to prepare for your groom? Join our discussion on our Facebook page. We all are learning and growing together and we would love to hear from you!
Be A Blessing,
Be A Blessing,