I walked into the kitchen on a busy Monday afternoon, wondering what I could whip up quickly to feed all these hungry people that call me “Mom”. The sight I beheld as I came around the corner stopped me in my tracks. “What in the world is she doing?!” was all my mind could come up with. The toddler – the curious one, with the overactive imagination – had climbed up on the counter. She was dutifully plucking each and every single petal off of the gorgeous, plump bouquet my friend had just brought me over the weekend. What was left looked more like a bunch of stems in a vase, standing erect like sentinels over the large pile of deceased petals. I felt my blood pressure rising as I slowly approached my little one. “Honey, what are you doing?” (I forced my voice to remain calm…) She looked up at me with proud eyes and exclaimed “Mommy! I thought I would go ahead and pick all the petals off these beautiful flowers, so that next time I need to be the flower girl, I will be ready! Now, can you go get me my basket to put them in please?” You see, a few months prior, she was the flower girl in a wedding. She enjoyed this position so much, that when the wedding was over, she re-walked the aisle, tossing her rose petals again…and again…and again.
As I made my way to her room to retrieve her “flower girl basket”, I realized the Lord had once again used a little girl to speak truth to my spirit. It looked something like this:
1) There IS a wedding in our future. (Revelation 19:5-7 ~ “And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thundering, saying, Allelujah: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.”)
2) We ARE to be making ourselves ready. (Revelation 19:8 ~ “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”) The bride of Christ need be covered in righteousness. She should be clean. (Really, what kind of bride would show up at the altar, having neglected a shower that morning?!) Equally ridiculous is the thought of us not being daily washed of water by the Word as we prepare to be presented to Christ a glorious church without spot or wrinkle, but holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:25 – 27).
At the start of another new year, many find themselves making all kinds of New Year’s resolutions…
“I will lost 30 pounds in 2015!”
“This is the year I get organized!”
“I will spend more quality time with my children!”
“I will pay off the credit card!”
And chances are, given our human nature, we will fail and abandon our resolutions by the time we turn the calendar to February.
But sisters, if I can challenge you in one thing at the start of this fresh new year, it would be this…
A day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute diligence in this endeavor to cleanse, purify, beautify ourselves; never losing sight that we are engaged. Spoken for. In constant preparation. The big day is truly just around the corner! No time to waste! As all future brides would do, don’t be afraid to solicit the help of godly ladies, sisters, friends in preparation for the big day. Godly ladies who will be honest with you. (Really, what kind of maid of honor would let the bride walk down the aisle with a huge dirty spot on the back of her dress?!!) Choose your bridesmaids carefully. Those you know will hold up the mirror of the Word of God to lovingly show you your spots. We’re in this together. Don’t lose sight. I’m pretty sure I hear the organ warming up the “Wedding March” now…