By: Tim Sader
As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:5)
On the day of our wedding we were blessed to have found the perfect venue someone divinely made available just for us. After forgetting the rings across town we had a beautiful wedding ceremony, dinner and reception. One of our best days got me thinking about how we should give God our best because He gave us the best of everything. After the wedding we had not made to many plans about what we were doing afterwards. We knew we were going to Embassy Suites and staying there for a few days to celebrate our marriage and rest after an exhausting week. Unfortunately we needed help to come with us on the wedding night and honeymoon. My mom was the main one who was helping us. Also one of Sammy’s school aides Medina was at the wedding and offered to come that night to help since there were so many things to do to get us comfortable. We said our goodbyes to a few stragglers cleaning up and headed to my van after getting her luggage for our little trip. When we got to the hotel it was prom night they thought we were dressed up for it and directed to go the other way for the prom. We told them we just got married and were checking into our honeymoon suite. We thought the wedding dress was obvious but I guess it could have been mistaken for a prom dress. When we got to the room it was visually disabled friendly but not with a wheelchair accessible bathroom. This upset Sammy’s friend Medina most of all because it made our wedding night inconvenient. The bad thing was they had a full house that night and couldn’t move us until the next day when we were settled and didn’t want to move. To get my princess out of her beautiful gown and use the bathroom they had to open the pool area just for us. When we got back to the room they delivered us complimentary champagne, fancy cheese and crackers. We were high on love so we stayed up late talking and counting money from our guests. When we finally laid down it had been such a full day we passed out as soon as we hit the pillows. I think often times we have big plans for the wedding night but I’m almost certain not much happens that night except sleep.
I knew for us this was going to be a different kind of honeymoon because intimacy looks so different for us anyway. One funny thing we realized that night is king size beds do not work for us. It is impossible to get us close enough to have any kind of cuddles in a bigger bed than a full size. Not only did we have help staying with us but some of our out of town family and guests came to visit the next few days. The day after I remember feeling like a new man but also had some allergy issues with congestion. When I got up we ordered some food from room service. I could only eat a little and take my pills so I could lay down and work the congestion out of me. When I got up I felt better and was even able to hold my wife on my lap for a while. The next day was so much better we had some lunch and watched movies together. Later my dad took us out to dinner at Carrabas because the next day was Sammy’s birthday. That night Sammy and I sat on the couch together and had some cuddle time before bed. The next morning we got up and went back to Sammy’s dads house and had alone time in her room before I had to leave my bride on her birthday for my house four hours away. This felt very wrong to us during our time of rejoicing to be apart until our house sold. God rejoices in us much in the same way a groom celebrates his bride. Just like the rising sun is the bridegroom coming from his chamber, like the winner of a race (Ps 19:4-5). The king rejoices over the happy bride in the wedding chamber; he enjoys the beauty adored by the wedding guests (Sg 1:4). We are Gods delight but do we feel the same about Him? He has clothed us in garments of salvation and a robe of righteousness like the bride and groom who dress up for their wedding day (Is 62:5). Rejoicing in my bride was the best part of those days we spent together during our honeymoon.
Lord we thank you for the relationships you have blessed us with, not only the romantic ones. Help us to rejoice in everyone you have interwoven our lives to be part of. We thank you God for rejoicing over us and helping us to build our lives around you. Lord you are king of our lives so help us to come into your chamber with joy and gladness. May you be our delight God because of your son Jesus being our garments of righteousness and salvation. Help us to be like the sun rise; we will praise your love so that the world will adore you. In Jesus name, Amen.
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