Lake Lanier 2I want to apologize to you for being absent for so long. The work of Rescuing Hope is never ending and lately I’ve been doing a lot of traveling for conferences and speaking engagements. I’ve missed meeting you here.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the wedding of a dear friend of mine. He waited until later in life to get married, so to say he was beyond excited on his wedding day was an understatement.

The venue was lovely. It was an outdoor wedding at the Chattahoochee Country Club on Lake Lanier. The weather was absolutely perfect. It was sunny and in the 70s without a cloud in the sky. They couldn’t have asked for a lovelier day.

People love weddings. I’m convinced it’s because we are wired that way by the Lord. After the wedding party comes down the aisle most people lock eyes to the back in anticipation of the bride’s entrance. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise you that I don’t go with the flow. I tend to lock eyes on the groom. I want to see his response to seeing his bride for the first time. It’s magical.

When it was time for the bride to enter, I looked at my friend and I knew the moment he saw her. He was in awe of what his eyes were beholding. The tears welled up and his bottom lip began to quiver. The only word that came to mind to describe him was captivated. He was truly captivated by her. It made me think of Psalm 45:11a,

The king is enthralled by your beauty;”

Another thing I do when I attend weddings is reflect on my own wedding day. I may have shared this story with you, but it bears repeating.Wedding 2

On our wedding day, our videographers placed a microphone on Mark to capture our vows clearly. Obviously, Mark completely forgot about the microphone. As the introduction to the Trumpet Voluntary began, Mark started saying,

Come on! Come one!”

I was unaware of this until we received our wedding video and watched it. When I rounded the corner, his response was priceless,

“Oh, my goodness. Oh, my goodness.”

If there was ever any doubt about how he felt about me on our wedding day, the video settled it. It is something I’ve treasured in my heart for almost 25 years.

What you need to understand is that Jesus is that captivated by you.

Now, I know if you’re a dude, that’s a little harder to wrap your mind around, but believe it. Jesus is nuts about you.

I believe He sits every morning in anticipation when we wake up saying,

Come on. Come on.”

Because He wants to spend time with us. How many of us let Him down. How many of us fail to respond to His call to come to Him?

Can you imagine what a groom would feel like when the music begins to declare the bride’s entry and she didn’t come? Talk about disappointment, rejection, pain.

Jesus is calling to you this morning. How will you respond?