Daily Delight

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A bride on her wedding day waits in the bride room. She is not focused on the attention of anyone else, though she knows that all eyes are and will be on her. She is thinking of and considering the love of her groom only. With every motion that she makes, every attempt at making herself appear the most beautiful she’s ever been is in the hopes of capturing her groom’s attention. She is not focused, nor does she care about the attention of anyone else. She is nervous because she desires greatly to make her groom happy, she wants him to think her beautiful, his opinion alone matters, not the opinion of others, though they are subsequent.   

Ultimately, that is not what she desires or seeks after; every action of her morning was motivated by making herself beautiful for her love, the one awaiting her. She is nervous, but already knows the groom’s love and affection. She has tasted it, experienced it, but she has not given herself fully to it. 

The purest bride is pure simply because she knows her groom's love and the beauty she holds in his eyes, and does not seek to find confirmation for this anywhere else. She still demands to be sought after and treated as the pure bride she is, she is knowledgeable and aware of her beauty, but does not sell herself short in what she deserves from her love.   

She knows his love because of the promise he made her with the engagement ring, a seal, this promise of things to come..of his love is just as the Holy Spirit for us. As Paul tells us in Ephesians 1: 13-14, 

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory.   

A promise of both Jesus’ return and of greater things. It is an engagement period, we do not look for love because we know we have the Father’s love and attention. We should not sell ourselves short because we know what we deserve, we desire more than anything to please our Father, our love, to hear Him call us beautiful and loved. We don’t stop believing in His love or in His pursuit of us simply because we learn our beauty, our purpose, instead with this knowledge we desire more.   

During the engagement period our love and longing grows for the bridegroom, we begin to learn of His love for us more and we desire to love Him deeper.  We are in this period now waiting on the return of Jesus...let us live as if we are.  

We are called to be beautiful and to love deeper..the bride, the true pure bride on her wedding day is not concerned with whether others find her beautiful, she knows her worth simply because her lover, her bridegroom has proved it to her. What makes her so beautiful, so breath taking, so unadulterated, the reason you can’t take your eyes off of her is because she knows her worth and is focused on one alone—the one she gets to walk to, the one who is awaiting her arrival at the altar… I believe this is how we are to be as the church, as the bride of Christ.  

{photo: @elissagram}

About the Author

Tori Albright≫ ≫ Tori, 26, works as an English as a Second Language Instructional Coach for the Sioux City Community School District. She embraces life and desires to set an example in all of its areas, including professional development, personal awareness, and spiritual growth. Tori strongly believes in the pursuit of education to be used to its fullest potential by her Creator and strives to exemplify that everyday. Stretching on her yoga mat, sipping coffee with a friend, or escaping into literature are a few favorites of hers. Tori has lived in the great states of Ohio, Florida, and now calls Sioux City, Iowa her home. She married her husband Benjamin in June of 2015. Together, they serve in their church’s children and young adult ministries.


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