As I was getting ready this morning, it came to my mind what the girls had said to me over the weekend. Mom, one of them said, my friends think you look like a princess. I was flattered at my age I sometimes feel more like a flat tire. My days of dragging Main Street are long over.
But just as the devil was getting ready to kick me in the shin again, I looked in the mirror at myself with my makeup on and hair up. And smiled! I said, you know what, I’m not a princess! I’m not a flat tire. I am a Bride of Christ. And as a Bride of Christ it’s my responsibility to recognize those that are there just to attend the wedding feast, and the young Bride’s Maids that haven’t quite come to the age of accountability. And those that are just there observing the wedding.
It’s my responsibility as a Bride to give hope to my young Bride’s Maids that God has entrusted me with. If they see the way I handle my trials in life and see how God blesses me faithfully in the end. They will learn to see Jesus in me. I know as an adopted parent I can sometimes lose my temper when my fourteen year-old refuses to do her chores, or doesn’t try to be a team member in our home. I want to teach her that God blesses the obedient child with obedience comes perseverance and with perseverance strength and blessings.
But right now I’m not sure that she believes this God thing is the real deal. We’re still working at peeling back the years of pain and rejection. One day, I want her to be able to look in the mirror and smile. I’m a Bride of Christ! I came through the trials of life with Jesus holding my hand. It’s my responsibility to show her a true Bride’s heart. And it’s my responsibility to keep the old garments off and continually to put on the wedding dress. And treat each day as it’s my wedding day to meet Jesus.
I’ve noticed on a Bride’s wedding day that she is excited about her day. She looks her best and feels her best. She doesn’t have time to think about the past. She opens her eyes that morning as soon as she wakes up seeing into a bright new future. If she hears the possibility of rain she thinks of a protective umbrella. If the wedding’s outside she thinks of a canopy. The Bride stays prepared with the attitude that nothing is going to ruin this day.
If I can show my adopted daughters this same enthusiasm as a real bride then I know in the end that it is true love conquers all. And how much more prepared I’ll be than a regular bride; because, I am a Bride of Christ and my girls will see his love shine through me.
Oh, Lord, I pray prepare me for my wedding day each day and let me see all the good in that day! I pray! Amen.
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