God loves to speak to me in parallels – probably because He knows that it’s one of the main ways that I hear Him and can apply His Word to my life. He did this so clearly this morning in church. The praise team was leading us in the Song ‘Even So Come’ by Kristian Stanfill. It’s a song that talks about how we should all be waiting for Christ’s second coming – just as a bride waits for her groom.
Many of us are familiar with waiting as at some point or other in our life journey God has taken us through a season of waiting. For me, God has had me on a journey for the past 4 years of waiting specifically for my future husband to come home (that is a very general summary of a journey that has been crazy, hard, unique, and many days feels impossible and pointless). This morning as we sang the above mentioned song God gave me an incredible parallel.
The line that really hit me today was this: “Like a bride waiting for her groom, We’ll be a Church ready for You, Every heart longing for our King.” For those of us waiting for a spouse (whether we don’t know who that person is yet or we do and we’re waiting for the time to come when we will be united in marriage) we can resonate with this line of the song. We know what it’s like to wait for our groom (or our bride, for all the guys out there). Our hearts truly do long for that person and to do life with our spouse, the one God has chosen for us.
As we sang, I recognized the level of yearning that I have for my future husband – it’s often very deep and intense – I long for the day when my future husband is here. But….do I have that same level of yearning and longing for the return of Christ – do I long for my Savior more than I long for this human who will one day be my husband? It was a challenge to me of the longings of my heart and if/how they align with my spiritual walk with Christ.
The lyrics continue and say how we’ll be a church ready for You (Christ). We hear a lot about preparing ourselves for marriage and preparing ourselves to be a Godly wife or Godly husband. I’ve read books and heard speakers talk about getting my life in order so that I’m prepared and ready to be the wife God designed me to be, so that when my husband shows up at the perfect time that we’re both ready for life together. Maybe you’ve even heard the concept that you’ve not yet met your future spouse because God is still preparing him/her for you or vice versa. This is all good stuff – and yes we should be preparing ourselves to be a good spouse in whatever ways we can during our time of being unmarried. But….I again was challenged – am I, are we as the Church, ready and getting ourselves ready for the return of Christ? Are we investing in our relationship with Christ so that we can know Him more intimately? Are we sharing His Gospel with those around us so that they are ready for His return? Do I have an eternal perspective on life or am I just thinking of the here and now, forgetting how my life today and many of the things that are important to me will blow away with the wind when Jesus returns?
My challenge for you this week is to think about how you are or have prepared yourself for marriage (whether you’re currently married, soon to be married, or praying for a future marriage) and compare that to how you are preparing for Christ’s coming. Are you being a disciple? Are you pouring His love into others and using what He’s taught you to walk alongside others? Are you sharing the gift of hope and life with those you come in contact with? And is your heart yearning and longing for that day in a way that it has never yearned or longed for anything or anyone else?
May we all be able to say with confident and longing hearts: “Even so come, Lord, Jesus, come!”