One year ago, today, I was gliding down the red carpet in church, dressed in a beautiful white gown, covered in a veil, clasping on to my father’s arm. It was a special day for me, a day that I had been looking forward to for a long time. I was about to be married. I remember feeling extremely nervous as I walked down the aisle, all eyes on me. I remember my eyes welling up with tears as I read out my vows. Those were vows I never thought I would make to anyone, vows to a man who was just as excited about the vows he had just read to me, vows before my heavenly Father who has watched over me from before I was born.
Yet, the excitement we had on that day was not simply over the day itself, the beautiful decorations, the heart-warming songs of praise, the enlightening exhortation from God’s Word, or the mouth-watering food. The excitement I had in my heart came from the anticipation of a new life ahead with my groom as one entity, as one flesh.
Now, as I look back on the past year, we are still excited. Daniel and I have shared a humbling journey together so far, and we know that the best is yet to come. Yet our excitement does not come simply from the fun we have on our dates, the joy of serving the Lord together, or even the hope of building a family together. The excitement we have comes from a deeper hope, a hope that perseveres through the joys and pains of being sanctified, the hope of being made ready to join our awesome and glorious betrothed, Jesus Christ, in heaven.
“… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
“For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Revelation 19:7b-8
As we draw near to the end of 2018 and prepare ourselves for the year ahead, let us be excited about our wedding day. Let us look forward to the joys and pains of sanctification with boldness. Let us get ready to be joined to our awesome and glorious groom, Jesus Christ, in the presence of our heavenly Father.
“Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20b
Mrs. Grace Gan