Over the weekend, I attended my cousin’s wedding in Calistoga, California. After 16 years with his beloved girlfriend, my cousin tied the knot, and I decided to support the decision. Although my cousin and his girlfriend live in Los Angeles, the wedding location was closer to San Francisco and about 45 minutes from where one of my dear college friends lives. She picked me up from the airport, I stayed with her at her home and she was my “date” for the wedding since my husband stayed back. The plane ticket was extremely reasonable, so it was all meant to be. When things flow so easily for me like that, I always wonder what God has in store for me!
As it turned out, the wedding was all about reconnecting. I reconnected with my college friend. I reconnected with another cousin who lives in Northern California, and more importantly, I reconnected with family members at the wedding, who I had not seen in a long time. For two summers while I was in college, I lived with my aunt and uncle and my two cousins, one of whom was the groom, the other was the best man. At that time, they were little boys. I always think living with them prepared me for having my two boys later in life!
So here I was, watching one of the little boys I lived with for two summers, move into a different chapter in his life as an adult. The wedding itself was a joyous occasion. The presiding minister was a character, full of life. I found out later he had been a professional dancer on The Carol Burnett show, and had even danced with Lucille Ball when she was a guest on the show, but now he was a minister and performed 250 weddings per year at this vineyard. He added color to the ceremony and the reception afterwards. The bride, an actress, was beautiful, and of course was radiant during the ceremony. The bride and groom provided a delicious formal dinner for all the wedding guests. It was quite a wedding feast!
As I reflect back on the event, I thought of how it will be one day, when the church, the Bride of Christ meets Jesus again! The timing will be perfect. I will wonder what God has in store for me in eternity and I will see Jesus face to face. There will be great joy and I am sure, many colorful people in heaven, like the minister at my cousins wedding, celebrating at the great wedding feast. This will be an experience like no other. Revelation 19:6-8 talks about the great multitude that will be a part of this wedding feast. They will be shouting, “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” It’s the wedding planned from the beginning of time and the one we desire to be invited to. For an invitation, all we have to do is accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”