About a month ago the principal announced the homecoming maids on the loudspeaker as I sat listening. I smiled as I heard one of my girl’s names announced as senior maid, and I did not even have time to be surprised before the second was announced. Two senior maids living in my house! I knew a busy month lay ahead.

That night I gathered them together to begin the planning, knowing how little time we had to find dresses, cars and signs for the parade, hair stylists, and makeup artists. It’s been a month of dress shopping and appointment making.

It has certainly been busy, but it’s a joyful busyness. The physical reality of all these preparations points me to the preparations God is currently working in us.

“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:2

These girls are not yet brides, but their preparations for homecoming remind me of the preparations of a bride for her wedding day.

The exciting thing is, we the church, are currently in this process. We are in the busy stage of preparation as the bride of Christ.

“Let us rejoice and exult and give him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure—for the fine linen is the righteous deed of the saints.” Revelation 19:7-8

What a beautiful gown we are privileged to wear—the righteous deeds of the saints.

This month in addition to Homecoming, I have been busy. We have had college visits for seniors, cross country meets, choir performances, and an all-day Harvest Festival among other things. It could be tempting to get bogged down and stressed and lose the joy of the beautifully busy phase of life I am in.

The same is true as God molds and shapes us into his holy bride. This is the time of life we are in! We are in the preparation phase. Growing in holiness isn’t always easy, pleasant, or stress-free—but what a purpose it serves. God is making us righteous. One day we, his bride, will be clothed in a perfectly white gown and he will see us as beautiful.

As people test your patience, as you face life’s difficulties don’t forget that these are the things that God uses to help prepare you. Praise the Lord this day will come!
And as he prepares you, he is also preparing our new home. Our school’s homecoming festivities will end the night of the game, but the joys we will experience will only begin at our heavenly homecoming.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3

We will be experiencing a homecoming unlike anything we can imagine!

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 3:20

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

All our time in this earth, we have been longing for our true home. At our homecoming, we will finally be prepared to enter it. All the times we have felt adrift, as if we did not quite fit will come to an end. All the times we grieved over things that we knew were not as they should be will be over. We will finally be sanctified and fit for a place of perfection.

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