A little over three months ago I got engaged to my husband to be. It was so exciting for my family, my friends, and me as I was seemingly thrust into a season that I had only dreamed of. We decided on a short engagement, which means an upcoming wedding in the month of May! There I was just minding my business in life and experiencing the highs and lows of a standard boyfriend girlfriend relationship, when all of a sudden I became a “bride to be.” Nothing super spiritual to offer up here, but the gravity of it all sunk in pretty quickly as different elements became so vital. The ring on my hand secured itself as becoming the most important piece of jewelry I had ever owned. Not just the most important ring, but the most important, valuable and sentimental of every piece in my possession. As I was picking out my dress I thought, “Whoa, this is the most important dress purchase I’ve ever made.” The same emotions were present while planning the honeymoon trip, every accessory that will be worn on the day and so on.
My background is in event management. I’ve organized and led countless events, conferences and concerts all over the world, literally, during the course of my life. I’ve also helped to coordinate and assist at weddings of close friends but again, no event will come to be as important to me as our own wedding day. The most important venue, caterer, dessert, tablecloths, and centerpieces you name it. All of that is taken care of and my mind and my prayers have gone to the vows and commitment I will make to who is now the most important man in my life, outside of Jesus of course. I’m preparing my heart and my mind to speak the most crucial words and promises I’ve ever made. Promises that I will profess and fully intend to never break. Outside of the prayer of salvation, there hasn’t been a declaration from my lips that has carried so much weight. To love, cherish, obey, in sickness and in health until death separate us. That is pretty heavy stuff!
As the checklist dwindles I am more ready now than ever to say, “I do.” At the beginning the exterior elements got me thinking of their importance, but as the day draws near I’ve shifted to the importance of the interior elements as well. I’m not only ready because I’m a decent planner with event details, but I’m also ready because God has lovingly been preparing me for this extremely important day for a long time. We are in the home stretch to becoming man and wife; please pray for us during this significant time!