In my part of the world, it is HOT! Not only is it hot, but it is muggy. Summer is here and the sun is beating down on the south, pressing humid air down, while moisture from the low lying areas rise up to meet the other. The result is a feel like temperature higher than what the thermometer reads.
There are those who are summer people who thrive on the heated days with cool ocean water lapping at their bodies. Then there are winter people who thrive on the exhilaration of the cold wind hitting their face, with a gorgeous mountain view laid out before them standing at a ski slope to challenge their agility and athletic abilities. There are those who are spring people. Warmer air hits their cold bodies, uplifting their minds and spirits, pushing them outdoors to see the beauty of fresh life come to spring flowering plants, offering up bright color to the previous brown (or white depending on the area you live in).
Then there are fall people. Oh, the beauty of autumn! The hot air of summer has disappeared. In its place is a pleasantly, cool breeze blowing the changing leaves to and fro. The gnats of the south disappear and most mosquitoes begin to take a hike, to where, this writer has no idea. The previous hot humidity lifts, leaving a crisp, light feeling. If you haven’t guessed already, I’m a fall person. I love the fall months. Spring is nice too, but when spring comes, although the colors are pleasantly refreshing, I know summer is just around the corner. Surely you have guessed that I’m NOT a summer person.
This summer, though, I’m working toward putting together and decorating a fall wedding. I love weddings. Why, you might ask, do you love weddings? Because weddings are such a joyous occasion of bringing two people together who has discovered that their friendship has turned into love. It’s a time when once they were separate individuals, but on this day they are presented as Mr. & Mrs., and the two become as one. God has joined them together.
Not only is the place that the couple has chosen to become married at made beautiful, but what is more fantastically wonderful is when the man and woman declare their love for each other to their friends and family and through their vows, they speak to one another of devotion, best friends, a closeness that can be found with no other, and a confession that they want to spend the rest of their lives together, because what they found is special. One beating heart, found the other, and together they beat a little faster. Exhilaration is felt when they are together. This is the wonderful thing about weddings. Sure, the decorations can be made pretty, the bride’s dress can bring out the bride’s striking features, and the groom cleans up to a fine-looking man, but what really makes it beautiful is bringing two hearts together and God blessing the event.
In the very beginning it was God who brought man and woman together. Listen to the beauty of the first couple. “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh,” Genesis 2:21-24. Such a glorious picture God presents to us of the first man and woman. He made them and brought them together. Why? Because, “And the Lord God said, it is not good that man should be alone…”, Genesis 2:18.
“…Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate,” Matthew 19:4-6.
God made the man and woman, and it is God who joins the two in marriage and becomes one. God joins the man and woman. The marriage bed is blessed by God, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled…” Hebrews 13:4
It is such a beautiful picture of a marriage between a man and a woman. God has blessed the union, but there is a union that he doesn’t bless. Read, Romans 1:24-28. It says, “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting…” This, my friends, God does not approve of or join.