Rejoice!

Today I went on a mini retreat. During my time of meditation I was moved to renew my Covenant with God according to the Methodist tradition.

It reminded me of my marriage vows. (I’ve been thinking about my wedding recently after our anniversary.) It is no small matter to promise to love and honour a man when you have no idea of what the future holds. “For better, for worse,” you say, “in sickness and in health…till death us do part.” That’s quite something. And it’s scary. You are no longer single, but part of a couple.

In the same way, I imagined myself yoked to the Lord Jesus. Then my image changed as I remembered a movie we saw recently which included a TV dating show where couples were chained together until one of them couldn’t stand it anymore and opened a lock. Then a siren went off and they were out of the running to win a million dollars. Quite ridiculous really, but in my imagination I saw myself and Jesus chained together. Where I go, He’ll have to go and where He goes, I have to go. We are a team now. I am no longer my own. It’s scary. And it’s no small matter.

My husband mentioned that when he had looked at our wedding photos, he noticed how radiantly happy I had looked. Well I was. He went on to say he thinks that is how Jesus looks when He looks at me and knows I am His.

Reminds me of the following scripture verse: The Lord your God, in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.(Zephaniah 3:17 New King James Version)

My Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus. Yes, I admit I feel a bit nervous. Then I remember; You are He who wouldn’t break a bruised reed or snuff out a smoldering candle and You know how to care for what belongs to You. Thank You so much for wanting to share life with me. Please help me to keep my vows and trust You always. Amen.

This post is part of JusJoJan.

4 thoughts on “Rejoice!

  1. Dora

    Your husband’s very wise. The marriage metaphor is throughout the Bible; I think we miss its blessings without taking it more seriously.

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  2. revivedwriter

    I love this part: ” I saw myself and Jesus chained together. Where I go, He’ll have to go and where He goes, I have to go. We are a team now. I am no longer my own. It’s scary. And it’s no small matter.” When I became a Christian, I did it with all seriousness, and I don’t regret it. At the same time, yes, it is often scary!

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