So I admit that I got sucked into the royal wedding hype today. I put aside my to do list and instead turned on the live feed of Prince William and Kate Middleton even though last night I swore to my roommate that I could care less. I was quickly taken in by the excitement of the crowds, the beauty and splendor of the bride, the blushing and handsome prince, and of course all the pomp and circumstance. Those Brits sure know how to throw a wedding.
I was also secretly glad to be ahead of London time, meaning that unlike all my American friends, I got to sleep in this morning and still enjoy the wedding. (Sorry had to rub it in…)
As I was taking in the whole event via internet, I was trying to imagine what it was actually like to stand among the cheering crowds. What the atmosphere must have felt like in London today! Even online as I watched with people from literally all over the world, you could sense the great anticipation.
Of course it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of such a fairy tale wedding. The handsome prince. The common girl who has won his affection. The horse drawn carriage. Yes, in some ways it is like a Disney film being played out in reality.
In the midst of it all, my mind couldn’t help but wander to another anticipated wedding… no not mine, but gee that would be nice *sigh* No my mind wandered to the day the Church has longed for decades to see come to pass… the day of Christ’s return for His bride!
6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
7 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.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.â€
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of Godâ€™s holy people.)
9 Then the angel said to me, â€œWrite this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!â€ And he added, â€œThese are the true words of God.â€ Â Â Â Â (Revelation 19: 6-9, NIV)
What a day that will be when finally the Church has made herself ready to meet with Christ! I think it’s a day we too often forget about, or at least I do. It is easy to get caught up in everything that has to be done in the day-to-day demands and pressures of this life and I forget the point of it all, the culmination of history that is to come, the day when we will finally be united with Christ for all eternity.
Today’s wedding was beautiful, no arguments there, but for me it was also a reminder that there is an even greater wedding to prepare for.
Something tells me that no matter how “perfect” today’s wedding seemed THAT day will top all the royal, fairy tale weddings in history.