The Runaway Bride
By Jennifer E. Jones
What is so scary about getting married? So you’re committing
your life to another human being -- "‘till death do us part."
What in the world is so frightening about that? Is it that bad
that a case of cold feet would send you running across the country
just days before your wedding day?
I guess I come from a narrow perspective. I’m single and
steadily approaching 30. Marriage to me is something you run toward.
For many it's a goal, and with every bridal shower invitation
you get, it becomes a little more important every year.
Love seems so magical: butterflies in your stomach, stars in
your eyes, and warmth in your heart. It’s what little (and
big) girls dream about.
So I ask again, if you’ve got such a good thing, why are
trying to avoid it like a prison sentence?
I may never understand what makes a bride “ready to run”.
But I can imagine that God must look at us with the same quizzical
Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and
forever. He’s the groom standing patiently at the altar.
Whether we’ve locked ourselves in the bridal chamber, refusing
to come out, or we’re halfway to Tijuana, He’s always
If God the Father had feet, they’d never get cold.
His love for us never waivers. That’s because His commitment
to us goes deeper than a marriage vow. He made a covenant with us when
He sent His Son to the cross that no matter what, He’d always
be there for us. In fact, He did us one better and promised that
if things got really crazy, He’d come find us and bring
us home. Without condemnation, He would pull us in and hold us
even closer than before. On top of everything else, He promises
strength for every trial (Phil. 4:13), a refuge in any storm (Psalm
91:1), and abundant life for all times (John 10:10).
So why would anyone want to give that up for life on the open
road? Sounds pretty silly, doesn’t it?
We have all kinds of reasons why we run from God. A pastor let us
down. The relationship we prayed for fell apart anyway. Or maybe
we just got burned out from giving our all when little came in
When our eyes are focused on our feet, it’s hard to see
what else is around us. We can look up and be far from home before
we realize it. Without meaning to, we let faith become routine,
and suddenly we’re a lost bride with a bus ticket to nowhere.
If you’re on the run, relax for a moment. You’ve
still got your white dress and your bouquet. All you’re
running from is unconditional love and a peace that passes all
So come back to the church. He’s waiting for you.
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