Last night, a friend of mine got engaged. I am so happy for her, and look forward to seeing all the phases of wedding planning as they happen. Another friend’s fiance has been keeping a blog of DIY wedding planning tips, using her own winter wedding as her base. She is so wildly creative and has come up with some incredible ideas. Yet another friend and I were up late the other night chatting about her upcoming marriage, as she asked for my address so she could send me the official invite. And I am slated to be the maid of honor in a summer 2013 wedding for my best friend from high school. This is such an exciting season of life!
I have long thought that it has been a huge blessing to be friends with many gifted photographers, as I get to see beautiful engagement and wedding photos almost constantly, even people I don’t know. I love the joy and beauty in celebrating God’s design for us. It thrills my heart to the very core to see Christ and His Bride exalted in the covenant of earthly marriage.
As I’ve moved into my 20s, it has been especially important to start celebrating the pending and new marriages I see around me instead of being jealous, or wondering when my day will come. Instead of asking, “When will it be my turn, Lord?”, I have learned to say, “Thank You for being glorified in their union, Lord. Thank You for allowing sinful men to know You through knowing one another. Thank You for showing Your love in the marriage between a man and a woman”
When you are able to look beyond yourself, your heart, your desires, and your own life, and look up into God’s glory, you will see His name exalted in the marriages around you. When it becomes about Christ, you will not be jealous. You cannot possibly think you are more deserving of attention than our precious Savior; you will rejoice because His name is being known and being made great.