The Twilight of Day, A Wedding, and Burning Lamps
In the twilight of the day, the atmosphere intoxicates with romance. The bride and groom dressed in all their glory. The onlookers gaze at the wonder of two becoming one. The pockets of conversations, families reminiscing, the clatter of forks and spoons, and outbursts of laughter score this momentous occasion.
Life in motion.
A quiet hush stills the night. Everyone congregates in the front lawn. Engulfed with dancing flames of fire, the most extravagant display of white lanterns set ablaze. Filling with heat from the flame, these luminaries ascend and cast light over the dark of the night. The burning lamps catch the momentum of the wind, soaring to new heights. Suddenly, the sky is filled with FIRE. WHOA!
Jesus’ first miracle was performed at a wedding. I believe this speaks volumes to us, as it was the beginning of His miracles. (John 2:1-11) Of which, His first was not raising the dead, opening deaf ears, etc. It was turning water to wine, and where did it happen? It was at a wedding, a celebration of covenant.
From the very beginning this was and still is the desire of God, to live in covenant relationship with us. Jesus displays this so beautifully in John 17:21 when He prays, “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be ONE IN US, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” Jesus is after our hearts with a Holy desire. He is after intimacy in the deepest sense of the word, to become one in Him and burn with a Holy Flame of Love.
This resounded in my spirit so strong, as I officiated this wedding. Before my very eyes, I witnessed the miracle of two becoming one. The exclamation point was the luminaries as they ascended, fueled by the flame, and guided by the wind.
Jesus Himself declares in John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”. It is a Holy Romance! The word “to know” here is the most intimate form of knowledge. It goes deeper than church attendance; it goes beyond quoting of scripture; it literally speaks of the way a man knows his wife. Thus the wedding!
As I witnessed these burning lamps ascend from the wedding, I couldn’t help but think of the glorious church, celebrating covenant and catching aflame with the Fire of His love, being guided by the wind of the Spirit, and becoming a light in the deepest darkest places.
In His Fire and Love,