"And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You."---Psalm 39:7(NKJV)
While doing some praying, pondering (Proverbs 4:26) and processing, I was led to a video that is basically an update. If any of you have checked out the "I Will Wait for You" by the spoken word artist Janette (and I'm pretty sure several of you have because it's been sent to me several times over the past several years), this is an update of her relationship journey.
Let's start with that poem:
OK, well what I didn't get updated on is the fact that (selah and amen!) she GOT MARRIED! The Holy Spirit (Luke 12:12) gave me the memo on that this morning (LOL). And her vows...oh, this sistah's personal vows. I'm not gonna even try and break it down. I'm gonna let the video do it all on its own!
I'm going to get to those in a moment but I want to encourage you to *really ponder* what Ephesians 5 says about covenant marriage as you're watching her share what is on her mind, heart *and spirit* with her beloved. What was freaking me out about it is I was like "Yes! When the Word tells us that a marriage between a husband and wife is to mirror the relationship between Christ and his Church, this couple is depicting it so well!"
Let's start with Ephesians 5 first:
"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband."---Ephesians 5:22-33(NKJV)
Now check out the vows (and her husband's facial expressions). WHEW!
The "extended mix" (of the ceremony), you can watch here:
And then I did a bit more digging and found a six-month newlywed update:
Along with two videos of them ministering, separately:
The realness. THE. REALNESS.
Wanna know why a lot of people are bound up in the Church? Because they don't follow one of the foundational Scriptures for healing:
"Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]."---James 5:16(AMPC)
That's another blog for another time, though...
Today, I just want to encourage each and every one of you to *make the time* to watch the progression of our spiritual sistah who is now a wife who is continuing to thrive in her purpose (Psalm 20:4), calling (Romans 11:29) and ministry (Galatians 5:13).
She was rewarded (Hebrews 11:6).
And her very wedding day, again, is such a depiction of Christ and his love for his Church.
*Just as every marriage should be*.
Why just have "some man" when you can be brought (Genesis 2:22) to a godly one?
Why just "get married" when you could be in a sacred, holy and miraculous covenant?
Why rush...when waiting brings God's best?
I actually penned a devo last night entitled "When God's Promises Are Taking a Really Long Time". Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a copy sent your way. And if you have any prayer requests about waiting or needing to learn how to wait more and better, I'd be happy and honored to put lift them up.
Waiting is a part of the process...towards receiving God's abundant goodness.
"All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good."---Romans 8:22-28(Message)
That's not prose.
It's a promise.