Awaiting the Groom

by Dawn Aldrich

The Bride by Katharine Shilcut_Flickr.com_3368836744_76035d1f65_b

The Bride by Katharine Shilcut_Flickr.com_3368836744_76035d1f65_b

“The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry went out ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ ” Matthew 25: 5-6

Outside my second floor living room door there was a small, steep staircase that led me to the mostly empty attic. Smelling of cold, dry wood in winter I’d make my way up there to fill the time with great imaginings until my sisters came home from school or until my mother called me down for supper.

In one corner close to the stairway laid an old black trunk with a rounded cover and a big brass latch in front quite resembling a pirates’ chest. With my two, tiny, white hands I’d carefully lift that latch and open the cover to reveal the girly treasures inside: Mom’s old dresses, her beige tortoise shell high heeled shoes and sheer, white, summer curtains! Treasures indeed to a little girl who loved to play dress up and especially loved to play The Bride! My wardrobe was complete when I found some plastic flowers in a box nearby marked, “Christmas.”

I’d place my right hand on the stair rail to balance myself as I lifted feet into Mom’s shoes one at a time. With that accomplished I’d dig deep into the pocket of my play dress to find the bobby pins I’d stashed for the veil. Then pinning it atop my blonde crown I’d grab the plastic, Christmas bouquet and start to hum “Here Comes The Bride.” One shaky foot in front of the other I’d slowly clip-clop the entire length of the attic floor to where I dreamed my groom was waiting, wondering who it would really be someday.

That mystery has been solved. I’ve been married thirty-two years to a wonderful man and now my own children are married … but I’m still getting ready for my Groom.

Today, those of us who follow Jesus are considered his bride. Brides are always thinking about their groom; always waiting for his voice to say, “I’m here. I’m ready. Today’s the day! Join me at the altar, won’t you?” 

What a heart-pounding day of excitement it is on our wedding day! Do we think that way of Jesus coming for us? Are we as excited about our groom, Jesus as we are about our earthly groom or are we drowsy from waiting? 

It’s a challenge to wait but the wedding day is so worth it!

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