By Brenda McGraw
“Here Comes the Bride” was replaced by “Bless the Broken Road” as I walked down a hall to meet my groom and begin our new life together.
Radiance and beauty were my desire as I wore a beautiful cream-colored dress with lace and pearls and a stunning pearl and crystal necklace and earrings for this perfect day we had planned. My long auburn hair was pulled up with curls down the side of my face.
Just two weeks before, my daddy had suddenly passed away and I added one red rose to my bouquet of white roses in honor of him.
My ten-year-old son was on one arm and my fifteen-year-old daughter on the other as they led me to the bottom of the steps to await my groom. He came down to get me, his bride, to join him at the top for the ceremony.
More than fifty of our closest friends and family came to celebrate our marriage. They watched as my future husband took my arm and led me to stand in front of our pastor, who was to marry us.
His three children were lined down one side of the steps and my two were down the other, all with mixed emotions about this marriage and wondering what it was going to do to their lives.
The blending had begun the day we met and still continues to this day, eight years later.
As our wedding song says, “Every long lost dream led me to where you are” the words rang true in both our lives, as his first marriage had ended with the physical death of his wife, and my first marriage with emotional death.
But we knew, “This much was true, that God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.”
We had found “true love along the broken road” and were joining our lives because it was “all part of a grander plan that was coming true.”
Life is full of twists and turns that lead us to the next mountain we are to climb and path we are to follow. We have to trust on those paths that the Lord’s plans are not to harm us, but to make us more like Him. Broken hearts and broken dreams are part of the broken world we live in.
The hope and truth I found through all the brokenness of the past led me to a new beginning as I said “I do” to the man who came down to get his bride.
Jesus is coming down one day to get His bride, the church.
“This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:32-33
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Are you ready?
The Lord will carry us back up to where we will have everlasting hope and truth.
No more brokenness and no more tears. Every day this side of Heaven, He is preparing us for that day when we join Him in Heaven. His lavishing love will take us to a place where they will be playing “Here Comes the Bride.” What a glorious thought and glorious way to be ushered into the presence of God.
I understood how God blesses the broken road. My brokenness not only led me to my current husband, but closer to the path that Jesus walked on His way to the cross.
Happy 8th Anniversary to my precious and godly husband. I love you more today than I did on that special day eight years ago. Thank you, Jesus.
Has God blessed your broken road? What song did you have played at your wedding?
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