A Bride’s Love
“Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the Lord, “I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.” (Jeremiah 2:2 ESV)
My niece recently got married and right after they signed the certificate of marriage, (making it ‘official’), someone took a candid of the bride and groom. The way my niece was looking at her new hubby was so sweet; so full of love, excitement and trust. Her eyes were locked on him.
Not long ago the Lord led me to write a story for a magazine about sex trafficked children in Cambodia. I wondered how I was to make it through the research – let alone trying to ‘get into the head and heart’ of the victim. Lord! I can’t!
As I sat alone at night, wrestling with my angst, I felt Him whisper to me, ‘You’re the Bride . . . just keep your eyes locked with mine – the Groom. Don’t look left or right.’
I watched and listened to hours of testimony from restored women who survived horrific experiences in the brothels of Cambodia as children. I wrote the article as a compilation of their stories. Yes, I cried. Yes, I prayed and yes, I agonized for each woman. However, I was not crushed. Occasionally I would start to crumble and then I would remember that He was watching me walk this long walk. That His eyes were glued to mine and His sweet Face and embrace were waiting at the end.
We sometimes are asked to walk hard walks, whether it is illness, poverty, loneliness, or perhaps walking alongside someone else on their painful journey. If we’re not focused on the Groom, as an enraptured bride, we can get distracted or discouraged. We need to remember Who is waiting at the end of the long aisle of life and just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Jesus, thank You for calling us Your bride. Thank You for calling us by name, and for leading us through unknown paths. Help us to keep our eyes locked on You! Amen.
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