Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Wedding planning is insane. That is pretty much the long and the short of it. Do not believe anyone if they tell you that it was a breeze. Every wife with whom I have chatted of late has deeply resonated with this sentiment. It is such a challenge since Clint and I so very much want our wedding to be a special day, yet we do not want to be in debt for life because of it. Furthermore, I have never been pressured to be so opinionated in my life! From the type of cuff links on the tuxedos to the colors of the napkins, a decision must be made, and my preference or whim soon becomes reality. I must admit that it is empowering in a way, but also rather exhausting!
This journey to the altar is certainly proving to be a test of our faith, hope, and love both in God and in each other. It is so easy to stress and panic when plans are not progressing as desired, or when you discover a typo on the freshly printed invitations, not that I did that or anything... It is easy to doubt that God will provide when seeking to create a budget and wondering how to have hope for a future with mounting expenses. It is easy to question the depth of our love and to wonder if this “being in love” is all just a fantasy anyway.
Getting married is serious business.
may advertize drive-thru weddings, but planning the details of the wedding is simply the tip of the preparations iceberg. Not only are you seeking to create the biggest and most beautiful event of your life, and house hunting for the first time, and seeking to combine two similar, but very different people, but you are preparing physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, and in every other conceivable way for a lifelong marriage – 2 becoming 1 flesh. Talk about a dramatic transformation! Las Vegas
As Clint keeps reminding me, planning for our big day should not be a stressful burden. Instead, our wedding is meant to be a joyous celebration with friends and family of our love and of our gracious Lord. With each check mark on the task list, I am slowly learning to trust God, that He is good and that He will provide for Clint and me. New jobs have come when least expected, friends have volunteered to help in their areas of talent, and we found our perfect little studio. Throughout all of it, more than anyone, Clint has consistently encouraged me and redirected me from fear and worry to trust and faith. When the outlook is the bleakest and we have just received disheartening news, he is quick to rebuke my lack of faith, to pray for us, and to gently lead me to our Shepherd.
July 16th is now less than two months away…We truly hope that our wedding will be a beautiful celebration for all in attendance, filled with special moments and precious memories for years to come, because at the end of the day, the wedding is really about the beginning of the marriage—a glorious glimpse of Christ’s love for the Church and the joyous delight at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb!