Wedding lessons I've learned from wedding planning are way more than just about weddings; they're teaching me about real life!
No, I’m not a wedding planner; I am the mother of the bride doing the planning! This means I have had no training and am dependent on others for information and expertise…aka learning along the way!
It’s in the midst of this wedding planning though that God has seen fit to use it as a spiritual classroom for me!
My daughter and I are striving to find every ounce of joy in the journey to the BIG DAY! Our philosophy has been - "At the end of the day, you two will be married...bottom line!" That takes a lot of pressure off! Focusing on the end result helps us not stress (as much) about the little details along the way like when the photographers you want are already booked for that date or the dress didn't ship as quickly as they thought it would!
This morning as I was thinking about this, God caused me to relate it to the Wedding Feast He is preparing! (Matt.22) Is my life right now being lived in preparation for that day and changing me to be more like Christ along the way of the journey, or am I living for just the bottom line - "At the end of time, I will be saved because I have trusted Jesus as my Lord & Savior?" Is that living for His fullest? I don't want to miss out on anything He has along this journey to the BIG DAY!
Jesus said in John 10:10 - “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” NAS
My husband has shared in his sermons before about “on which side of the comma are we living?” If we are “in Christ”, we have been given eternal life, but God also wants us to have the abundance of His presence in the here and now!
I have decided that as much as a wedding may cost these days, we are going to enjoy it all more than just the one day! Haha! And my walk with Christ is to be enjoyed each and every day too! No matter what circumstances may come, whether good or bad, He is with me – Immanuel! Serving, sharing, learning, mistakes, disappointments…all along the way, these are part of preparing me, molding me, making me more into His image and not my own.
So, wedding lessons #1 – Enjoy, but more importantly, make the most of every moment that comes! Yes, the bottom line is at the end of the BIG DAY they will indeed be married, but there is love, joy, peace, patience, etc. (Galatians 5:22) on the journey that will shine to others for His glory along the way!
Colossians 4:5 “Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (non-Christians), making the most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.” AMP