Courting is such a beautiful experience. The engagement is just the beginning of the journey. I remember when my husband (fiance then) proposed. I almost swooned with joy 🙂 There were so many thoughts running through my mind…I mean, he actually wants me to be his wife! Yes, we had talked about marriage before, but HE WAS ACTUALLY PROPOSING. Playing out the scenarios in my head was very different from the actual engagement. The actual engagement won hands down. The engagement ring was my reminder that he was going to marry me. I still smile as I remember that day 🙂 . As we counted down, I wanted to spend more time with him and get to know him more. It is only natural considering we were going to spend our lives together.
Last week I read a really good book called ‘Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening The Muslim World’ by Tom Doyle. It is a re-count of different Muslims who have converted to Christianity after a visitation from Jesus. Yes, Jesus had visited them personally in their dreams. They described such peace when they met Him. He was such a gentle, caring man. He told them that He loved them. Many of these women are married but they say that the love Jesus has for them is different from anything they have ever experienced from their spouses. The encounters with Jesus made them want to know about God and Christianity.
Mombasa has many Muslims. Those who convert to Christianity tend to be ‘on fire’ for Jesus. They are true evangelists who are hungry for God. They believe that everyone should receive the revelation of Christ. This reminds me of how Jesus had a chat with the Samaritan woman in John 4. This conversation changed her life and she could not keep her mouth shut. As a result, many Samaritans believed in Christ and many sought Him.
verse 39 -42 (NIV)
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
Encountering Christ has a way of leaving a lasting impression (the duration that the impression differs). The Church is the bride of Christ. The reason this blog is called Bibi2Be is because I acknowledge that the Ultimate groom is coming for me. The day is drawing near. I can’t get too engrossed in being married to a man and miss out on courting the son of man. To think that He left the Holy Spirit as our engagement sign, a comfort that He is coming back. My experience courting my husband made me reflect on the fact that I wouldn’t want to be married to someone I do not know. Spending time with Jesus is imperative. He is really sweet. I would not want to miss out on the aspects of his playful, disruptive and extravagant personality.
My Husband’s prayer is that he may present me to Christ in splendor.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
He really is the ultimate groom. Each passing day is a day closer to His return, oh that He may find us ready. The way ladies prepare for their weddings, how much more should we prepare for this great wedding. The day is drawing nigh.
Have a blessed week ahead 🙂