It’s interesting the way weddings effect us emotionally. That effect may be large or small depending on the mood. Out of the few that I have attended, many were just something to suffer through. Sometimes, even the receptions weren’t enjoyable. Yet some have been conducted in the spirit fitting and conducive to the occasion. Of such was the wedding of the Mathenia’s last Friday. It is hard to describe how such an occasion makes one feel. Especially when the case is of two friends. Weddings, I guess, make you think. In the picturesque surrounding, (picturesque meaning, it was just what it needed to be), the joining of two people together, under the authority of the one great Husband, seems almost to have a mystical feel.
I guess the first thing a wedding at least should do is cause us to consider our union with that Husband. Yes, it makes one think about ones self: “this is going to be me one day,” “In what ways can I best prepare for it whilst still young,” “I wonder who….” And so on and so forth. It makes you think about others, in more ways than one: “Somehow I’ve got a feeling that such and such is going to be next…” that may, or may not, be positive. But really, if the fun and fellowship of the reception does not follow its tendency to drain your emotional energy built up during the ceremony, it ought make us consider the great Union that has been made to Christ through His good work. If, like me, you were going through Canticle of Canticles (Song of Solomon) at the same time that the Wedding was afoot, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Watching those two persons exchange their vows (albeit imperfectly) should bring to mind the love that Christ had to His Bride. It’s amazing to get to know such love, even from a very limited perspective. That love such as this is something that that can be experienced, and felt so much more intensely than that between two humans, should be enough to cause us to seek relentlessly.
What blows us away even more, is that the “luck” is not as mutual between both Parties. “Every Bride is Beautiful” is actually true in some cases. But we didn’t start that way. When Christ found us, we were the lowest of creation. He had formed us from the dust, but we had made ourselves lower than the dirt, choosing rebellion rather than sweet submission; choosing to reject rather than be accepted. But through the work of our Husband, we are as beautiful in his beauty and sweetness as the bride described in Canticles. Because he first loved us, He delights not only in loving, but in fellowshipping with and knowing us who were but worms. His love far exceeds that which the Bride and Groom felt and expressed as they stood before the altar (or whatever that should’ve been called). I don’t’ know what all of you are thinking, but those of you who know what I’m trying to say, know that these, my friend, are glorious things.
That said, it was a lovely wedding, and I wish the Mathenias all the love and happiness that this union can bring. Congratulations, and I love y’all!