Do you hear that beautiful ballad drifting through the air? It’s the sound of the morning rejoicing with me. The birds are singing a song about a young woman in love. I can’t help but dance inside, because I know they’re singing about me. I walk in the confidence that I belong to the love of my life! He is mine, and I am his! I am a proud bride to be!
I know what you’re thinking… Why are you telling us this? What do you mean by this declaration? I mean just that!… To make it a declaration!
Last night I had the honor of attending our Northeast Section Youth Rally with the MC team and our church youth group. Pastor Matt Anderson brought a message the spoke straight to the heart, and my heart was listening. His Message was entitled “I take you”. As the title suggests; it was about marriage. But much more than an earthly marriage, It was about our vows to God! Our public declaration to Jesus, the lover of our soul. To have and to hold, For better, For worse, For richer, For poorer, In sickness and in health, To love and to cherish.
I look at these vows and I reflect on the significance of what they speak. This week has been a week of reflection and deep searching out of my heart. It’s no secret we are nearing the end of our Master’s year. We have one more week to speak of and we will have completed our first year of Beyond Master’s Commission. Exciting as it may be, it is also a point that is bittersweet to come to. We have had many “last’s” this week. We had our last family dinner, our last MC workout, our last Senior Center visit, our last youth event. That’s too many “last’s” if you ask me! One thing I realized all of these “last’s” had in common is: We LOVE these people and we’ve poured into them and been poured into by them. These are people we have built lasting relationships with. I can’t describe how hard it was for me to pack all of my stuff up to move out of our host home. It is the turning of a page I’d hoped wouldn’t come so soon, yet here we are waiting on the doorstep of the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one.
Reflecting on this year I see hard, painful, stretching, exciting, good, new and amazing things. But in all of these THINGS I see the whole reason and motivation behind it all! We desire God more than anything on this earth!
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
These past nine months in Beyond Master’s have not been about me, Jami, Andrea, Pastor David or Angeline. It’s been about our betrothal. Walking every day knowing we are preparing for the most amazing wedding in all of history.
As the bride of Christ- I have nothing, I have no one in Heaven, but Him. He is the desire of my heart! My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. And I am his! There is no “Till death do we part.” As long as I am here on earth I have his spirit in me and when I part from this earth my spirit will be with Him. So truly it is not- till death do we part, it is- till death do we meet face to face.
So, do you this day take HIM?