Day 357: Married to You (December 23)

No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate.  But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married.  Isaiah 62:4

Yesterday, while I was running and worshiping, I began to say to God, “I want to be married to You!”  I didn’t know where that was coming from and I said it before I knew what I was going to say.  Suddenly, after the words left my lips, I heard and saw, “You are the bride of Christ.”

Yes Lord, I want to be married to You.

Early this morning, the verse above began to run through my mind.

I can’t always say exactly what and why God is saying something, but I know that I know that I want to be His bride.  I believe we are all the bride of Christ, so this should not feel as awkward as it did initially.

Today, my devotional is more of a prayer:

God, help me to walk out this life on earth as Your bride.  Let me always look to You and Your guiding Hand.  Let my thoughts be in a beautiful exchange with Yours as we become more and more one.  Just like in my earthly marriage to Chris, let me become so very familiar with You that I can know more effortlessly where You will move next, or what You desire for me to do.  But always, just like in my earthly marriage, keep some mystery.  Keep it exciting Lord and let me always be intrigued by the new parts of You that I discover.  Oh, this unending discovery thrills me!  To know You and be known by You, YES!!! This is the thrill of a lifetime.  Come Lover, whisk me away on one adventure after another and never let my love for you smolder.  Keep me fresh and burning bright with the fire of my love for You and Your love for me.  Consume me.  Know me more.  Let me know You more.  Oh, how I long to explore more of Who You are!  The very thought of You makes my insides leap with excitement.  You are my Favorite.  I love You………

You have searched me, Lord, and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.  You hem me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.             Psalm 139:1-6