Have you ever been witness to something that you just knew was magical?
Not in a cheesy, Vegas strip type magical, but truly beautiful and special because of its simplicity?
We recently were honored to take part in the wedding of friends of ours who are more like family.
I have never seen a more beautiful bride.
Danielle was so stunning.
Kamron just beamed with love for his bride.
They stood before God, their friends, and Jason in the back of a holler in Middle Tennessee.
Little did everyone there know that Jason, just an hour before, was as my dad would say, was “selling Buicks to Ralph.”
Just as this precious couple was about to start the rest of their lives together, we both fell prey to an unfortunate yet relentless stomach virus.
It was ugly y’all.
There ain’t nothing pretty about a virus.
But love makes you hang in there through the ugly.
And I can confidently say, that Jason and I are better for all the ugly we have endured.
Our family tree is stronger for it too.
Now we both have weathered many viruses in our life together.
And may I say, Jason certainly isn’t the same husband and I certainly am a different wife.
But as I was in the middle of God’s country watching my groom pray blessings over these amazing friends of ours, I got such a beautiful picture of the awesomeness of God and His unbelievable love for us.
Take a walk with me, if you will.
As Father God was looking down to what sin had done to His one and only Son, His heart broke.
Mainly because that same sin of all the ages was hanging on His baby boy.
His child who was beaten until He was unrecognizable.
As God’s head turned away from Jesus, He saw the untold multiplied billions of His children who would be covered in the blood of His Son.
Those same multiplied billions are now recognizable because of that heavy, ugly, sin blanket
We are the ones who should be carrying the ugliness and heaviness of sin.
But you know what your Father is singing over you?
He is interrupting your regularly scheduled programming and saying
Sometimes I can’t imagine God calling me flawless.
I want to come back at Him and say, “But God! I bite my nails and I scream at my kids and I love people but sometimes they drive me crazy, and I have dark circles under my eyes, and thick thighs. I’m trying really really hard to be “good” at this. Be “good” at ANYthing. I am so FAR from flawless.”
And you too may be adding to your list of flaws right now.
Yes, I will say again, ‘love makes you hang in through the ugly.’
Christ was ugly on the day He was crucified.
But oh what beauty was born from it.
Is it any wonder that God would call His people the ‘Bride of Christ’?!
One amazing day we will be face to face with the flawless One.
We will be the bride; the one without spot or wrinkle.
All because God took some ugly…
…and made it beautiful.