- Susan Shultz
The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come!"
Updated: Jan 20
God has been calling me to share a story from my wedding day 6 years ago:
Today is my wedding day. It is a day of fulfillment to a promise God gave me long ago, that Joe and I would be together; that my bridegroom would return. I will be wearing white. A crown will be on my head. My lamps will be lit, and I pray that God will be glorified for this is His day.
I love You Lord Jesus. The Spirit and this Bride say “come.”
Reflecting back onto my wedding day, I have to mention the sudden shofar blast, for I know that this moment wasn’t by accident. God is speaking. We ended up getting married in a town an hour away from our hometown. Because of this, in my mind, I thought that we should start the ceremony at least 5-10 minutes late since people would be driving all that way. However, I guess I forgot to mention this to our very punctual pastor. For, right before the wedding started, after the women and I, including our wedding coordinator, prayed beforehand upstairs, I almost took off my wedding dress in order to go to the bathroom one last time. But, something inside of me stopped me and I am so glad, for had I done that I would not have been ready. Because before we knew it, for no one told us we were starting, all of a sudden, we heard the shofar blast. (We had many traditional Jewish customs at our wedding, including a starting shofar or trumpet blast.)
Without a warning the trumpet sounded and at that point we didn't have time for anything else. Good thing I was ready! Dressed in white and ready to go! Like I said, since I was ready, I walked down the hall toward the stairs, picturing Christ as I descended them. I then turned and looked down the aisle at Joe with his beaming face. I walked toward my bridegroom with twinkling lights above me. The rest is history!
Just as God once promised me that my bridegroom would return to me, Jesus will soon return to us. This moment in my story is a great reminder of this. We need to be ready. We need to be fully dressed, listening in eagerness for that shofar blast in the sky. Let us ready our hearts.
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.” - Luke 12:35 NASV
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” – Revelation 22:17 NIV