The Joy of Anticipation

Hello my positive women friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  We had a great meeting last week, with our guest teacher Kathleen.  We learned about trusting God through the difficulties.  It was a powerful lesson.  I hope you will join us on the fourth Tuesday in July as we hear another wonderful guest teacher.

Joy's Wedding Portrait

This past weekend I hosted yet another wedding shower for one of my friend’s daughters who is getting married in July.  Yes, this certainly has been wedding season around the Ladd house.  The thing I love most about the bride-to-be is seeing the joy of anticipation as she heads toward her big day.  It’s interesting in the Bible we see the illustration of the groom and bride used as an analogy of Christ and the church.  As followers of Christ, we are His bride and we too should be living in anticipation of the day he comes to bring us home. 

Can you imagine if a bride showed up at her wedding and said, “Oh goodness, am I getting married today?  I’ve been so busy with other stuff in my life that I haven’t really prepared.  And oh, is that the groom?  I’d kinda forgot what he looks like.  I’ve been really distracted you know.”   That seems ridiculous doesn’t it?  Yet we too must examine our own hearts and consider if we are so distracted and busy about the stuff in our lives and not thinking about Heaven.

Jesus told his followers to lay up treasures in Heaven.  He told his followers to remain watchful and to be ready for the day He returns.  He used the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids to teach about the importance of being prepared.  If you recall, five of the bridesmaids were foolish and unprepared and five were ready.  He ends the story by saying, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. You can read it in Matthew 25:1-13.

This summer as I have observed precious brides (including my daughter) as they were getting ready for their wedding day, there were certain attributes I noticed in their joy of anticipation.

  • Their resources were spent wisely as they saved and invested for their wedding.
  • Their thoughts were consumed or dominated with wedding details.
  • Although preparation was not always easy, they knew it was worth it as they looked forward to their wedding day, and they knew that soon they would be married.
  • They desired to be exceptionally beautiful for their groom.
  • They chose to forsake all others as they were fully devoted to their husband-to-be.

Now I want you to read back over that list and think about how the same joy of anticipation relates to our preparation for being in Heaven with the Lord. Are you living for that Day or are you living with your eyes on the here and now.  There is great joy in our life here if we live in anticipation of the day we will meet Christ face to face.  Live for it! Be consumed by it! May we continually set our hearts on things above and draw close to our bridegroom in love.

Here are Jesus’ words found in Revelation 22. A beautiful invitation for us to be His bride.

 12“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

 14“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

 16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

 17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”

Dear friend, if you have never accepted His invitation to be a part of his family, I encourage you to place your hope and trust in him today. Jesus  loves you as a bridegroom loves and cherishes his bride. Call 1-888-Need-Him to talk with someone about a relationship with Christ.

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