It’s wedding season. It comes it fits and spurts, doesn’t it? This year I have four weddings, last year I officiated none. Last weekend was wedding number two and it was beautiful.
Everyone seems to have a favourite part of the wedding celebration. For some it’s seeing the brides dress, or the kiss at the end of the ceremony. For others it’s the party, the food, or discovering the signature cocktail. My favourite part of a wedding is watching the expression on the grooms face as his bride comes down the aisle. While all eyes are on the bride, beautifully dressed and makeup on fleek, my eyes move to the groom. My two last weddings did not disappoint. The look of love, adoration, and maybe even a little surprise on the his face was worth the price of admission!
This weekend as I stood at the front and watched as the bride met her groom it struck me that Jesus often used weddings to describe the Kingdom of Heaven (Check out Matthew 22). When the couples eyes met, all that mattered to them was each other. It didn’t matter that the flower girls dress got lost and they had to run out and get another the night before the wedding, or that the ring bearer refused to go down the aisle, screaming while by being dragged by his mother… or whatever other crazy, stressful thing happened on the road to the wedding day. The only thing that mattered in that moment was the two of them and that he loved her and she loved him in return.
Life really is like a wedding. The time leading up to the ceremony will befull of mistakes and uncertainty, and there will be moments when we’re unsure if we can live up to God’s expectations. But if we continue to believe in a Holy God, then on the day when we stand before Him, we will realize that none of those mistakes matter anymore. All that will matter is that God loves us, and we love God in return.