// redemption, glory, and a wedding

Yesterday I was at the wedding of two of my best friends here in Oxford, and it was a truly beautiful occasion. There’s something amazing about walking out of a wedding so overflowing with joy that you can’t stop grinning about it for a day afterwards.

Part of that is down to the story of my two friends, who have overcome a whole host of obstacles to get to this point alone. People say that Luke is a born storyteller, and they are right on that fact. There is a distinction, I have realised recently, between being a born writer and a born storyteller. That distinction is evident in the way in which people look at life – I would argue, at least, that writers are more pensive, more poetic, more prone to wonder and paralysis, where storytellers make things happen. Whatever the case, no-one could deny that God glorified that quality in Luke by giving him and his now-wife the most amazing story (and that’s just so far).

Many of you reading this blog know these two, or know their story. It is a beautiful reminder of how God works through the details of day-to-day life, and although it is not my story to tell here, suffice to say it is an example to all of us who know it of what we can attain towards, what God can shape us into if we let Him.

But there’s more to that, too, because every wedding points beyond itself to something bigger. At the end of the book of Revelation, the apostle John wrote down his vision of

the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband…

And I always thought that was kind of a weird image. After all, how does a city look like a bride on her wedding day? But all that said, on days like yesterday, it’s possible to catch a glimpse of what it will be like on that day, the joy and the anticipation that will radiate through all of creation when God makes all things new.

At one point yesterday, a friend of mine reminded me that, although Luke’s wedding was indeed an occasion for joy, the fact of salvation, that God came to earth to save us, is endlessly more joyful than this, and we don’t make enough of that fact. I see his point, and it’s well meant, but I think I also see yesterday as pointing towards something more. A shadow of what is to come, a momentary glimpse of that joy which will one day await us in the midst of a world that often doesn’t seem all that joyful…

I would argue that the joy that was shot throughout everything that happened yesterday is a reminder of what is possible in this life – like sun breaking through the clouds, a momentary snapshot of what will one day be our visible, eternal reality. I get more and more excited about heaven these days, the prospect of a life that is overflowing in eternal, radiant joy, our days spent in the continual presence of God. And days like yesterday only serve to enhance that excitement.

I love that the Bible ends with a wedding day. Maybe I’ve just not been to enough weddings to get bored with them yet, but at least at the moment they still seem like the moments where heaven visibly touches earth, and I’m grateful for those glimpses.

So thanks guys, for that picture. Here’s to both of you – for living a life that points beyond itself, and towards the God to whom all glory and praise is due, both now and forever. Amen to that.

    • Jo and Luke
    • September 8th, 2010

    😀 😀 !

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