“Who gives this woman to be married to this man?” the Minister asked on that beautiful Saturday afternoon. I had just watched the bride walk down the aisle with her father and now she was standing at the altar beside him, her hand tenderly holding onto his arm.
After the father responded to the Minister, the groom walked down the steps toward her. She released her hold from her father’s arm and reached out to hold onto that of the groom as he escorted her up to the stage where they exchanged their vows.
When all the festivities were over, I found myself pondering how what I had just witnessed relates to my own walk with the Lord.
For the bride, exchanging those wedding vows was rightly saying goodbye to all she knew from her parents’ household and committing to embrace a new way of life with her husband.
For me, as I prepare to part with those I love in 2 weeks and 2 days exactly, I will embrace a new culture, language and way of living, entirely different than I’ve ever known before. But I'm not embracing it alone. I embrace it holding onto the One who first loved me and calls me to "come away" with Him (Song of Solomon 2:10).
In the same way that the groom left his place on the stage to escort the bride up the steps, so Jesus comes to meet me where I am, eagerly extending His arm to me. He invites me to journey with Him on the heights and to take part in something new.