My first thought is part of a song: “Everywhere I look, I see Your face. Your love has captured me, O my God, this love, how can it be.” When I think of the words, “Your love has captured me, O my God this love, how can it be”, I think of my daughter engaged to be married to her best friend in about 8 months. One engagement photo came out and all I could think of is , ‘he loves his girl and she loves her man!’
But my thoughts are much like a collage-they are all over the place.
So, then I think of the verse on the very first page of the Bible: ‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in our image, in Our likeness…”‘
Then, I think how He is the amazing Creator. How He is the most amazing Artist there is, and we are created in His likeness- we love being creative! We love cooking creations and flower creations and painting and drawing creations, music creations- we are obviously created in God’s image (and the animals are not!) And in all of this ‘joy of creating’ I see ‘His face’ so to speak! I see the Lord in all of it!
So, being that God is speaking to me like a collage today, I now think of my dear Bette. Bette is my most special mother-in-law who loves art and collage-ing, but so unfortunate, is suffering with Altzeimer’s disease this present day. But as sad as it is, I have to say, so much of Bette is still so alive in my memory. You see, she saw beauty in so many things. So she loved collecting things and then arranging them in a beautiful way,and ‘just so’ I might add! I see the Lord, in her love to create-it brought so much joy to her,(the creator of each of her little creations, and they brought us joy, because she enjoyed them, and they brought beauty in our lives.)
So when I sit with my daughter Carolyn who is planning for a wedding, it is so precious to me how important it is to have the ‘perfect’ dress, ‘just the right’ table setting and ‘just the right’ photographer, because it is all going to come together for a once in a lifetime picture and a forever memory. You see, this is a very ,very important day! This is her wedding day we are talking about! So ‘everywhere you look’ on a bride’s wedding day she wants you to enjoy every moment- everything matters. She wants the day to be beautiful. ‘Everywhere I look, I see Your face…’ It all reminds me of the beauty of the Lord.
So my thoughts in my head intertwines song-picture. ‘Your love has captured me, O my God this love- how can it be?’ ‘For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.’ (Eph 5:31,32). (Do we love our Jesus like this! does His love still capture us?)
This is the great mystery; Jesus perfectly beautiful, loves us so much. And love is what He asks for.Yes, love is what we were created for! Eve ate the apple first, but Adam ate it after, so he could be with her. And we are stained with sin today, but Jesus paid our debt so we can be clothed in white, and be presented to Him! What a glorious mystery!
This sweet couple just can’t wait to FINALLY be together! What a glorious day it will be!
And Jesus just loves His bride-He just wants us to love Him.
Have you told Jesus you love Him recently?
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.”
I’m kind of thinking of a song right now! “I love you Lord. and I lift my voice, to worship You, O my soul rejoice.
Take joy my King, in what You hear,
let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.”