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Topic: Hotel/Motel (09/12/05)
TITLE: The Beauty of the Wait
By Kelli Young
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Megan and Kyle had come from completely different backgrounds. Kyle had been raised from the cradle to believe in Jesus and when he was just three he gave his little heart to Him. He also knew the security of a family that loved him and one another. Megan on the other hand had not known this kind of security.
Megan’s parents split up when she was just a little girl. Her mom was a Christian, but she had fallen in love with a young man who was not. She knew that she shouldn’t marry someone who wasn’t a believer, but John had promised to go to church with her and raise their kids in God. She had been tricked, because not long after they were married, John started drinking and seeing other women. Her mother knew she had made the worst mistake of her life, but now she had to bear the consequences. Her mother was now responsible to raise her children alone.
Megan knew her mom loved her, but because she had to work all the time, she wasn’t able to be with them the way they needed. God, however, did provide an oasis for Megan and her siblings. Their grandmother lived close by and she often had the children over. She loved to spend time with them and they felt very special with her. Their grandma loved God with all her heart and she was the one who led the children into a relationship with Him.
When Megan reached her teens, she was becoming a lovely young woman. Grandma knew the temptations that would soon come her way; if they hadn’t already. She didn’t want Megan to make the mistakes her mother had. Grandma told her of the importance of staying sexually pure until marriage and to wait for God to bring her the right Christian man. Grandma offered Megan a purity ring, and because of the great respect Megan had for her grandma and her own commitment to God, she agreed to take it, saying she would be faithful and wait.
Kyle, on the other hand, had always been taught that sex was only for married couples and that God wanted him to marry a Christian girl. As a young man in today’s world, the challenge to stay pure seemed insurmountable. Even guys in his youth group, talked about the girls they had been with. He was teased and mocked, yet God gave him the grace to stay pure. Kyle had to wait until he met Megan in his mid twenties, but finally his faithfulness would pay off.
The blessings of God seemed to be upon all aspects of the wedding preparations. Megan’s mom didn’t have much to contribute, as the bride’s family should, but God provided in so many amazing ways. One of the most precious to Megan was her wedding dress, which was purchased with the dollars grandma had started saving for her the day she made her commitment to stay pure. It was absolutely everything Megan had dreamed of.
The wedding day was completely perfect! It seemed that the glory and the pleasure of the Lord filled the place from start to finish. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the reception that was held in the beautiful ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel. Kyle and Megan danced their final dance, gazing into one another’s eyes. In great anticipation of their first night together, they said good night to everyone and headed upstairs to their honeymoon suite. Kyle picked up his lovely wife and carried her into their room, closing the door behind them. Megan took off her purity ring and gave it to Kyle. The time had come to enjoy the beauty of the wait.
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