Twenty-four years ago I was very nervous. It was the week before our wedding and as “sure” as I was I wasn’t. There was so much going on at the time; a new job, new apartment, moving, preparations, and family to-dos seemed to repeatedly pile on top of an already busy stack of stuff. Grandfather had committed to lead the service, we were each unsure of what might happen next, and there were the communication gaps that always appear when they are least desired.
Finally the day arrived! Of all the memories, sights, and emotions that remain from that late afternoon the one that is absolutely locked into my being is the absolute sense of being in love when I saw my bride coming down the aisle. The experience was pure heart; all my intellectual preparations could not prepare me for the flood that was coursing through every part that made me whole. In hindsight I had no idea how rare this knowledge would be. Everything is relative! Everything has a element of doubt! Everything varies at one time or another. Every but the heart knowledge that my bride was here at this moment, willing, able, and committed to being a part of this relationship!
John saw something that could only be described as a bride ready for her husband, wow. “I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband.” (Revelation 21.2)
This is a witness that is absolute, exact, and sure. There are no doubts, conditions, or possibilities of being unprepared, unwilling, or ambivalent. This is the moment when everything comes together in one glorious union!
My vision radically changes as I realize that I was a part of that moment twenty-four years ago and I can be part of John’s vision as well. The invitation to be a intimate part of it all is open to you and I! We can be a part of a glorious union with the divine. Heaven can start, now, this morning!
Absolutes are rare. Seize the opportunity.