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Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)
TITLE: Always a Bridesmaid; Never a Bride
By Elaine Taylor
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Talk about a nightmare! I hadn't even had a shower. My hair resembled a large, overgrown rat's nest, the hair on my legs and under my arms could easily have been braided, and I didn't have on one speck of make-up. I was in extreme panic mode. I had only minutes to pull myself together. My dress was a gorgeous lilac that fell to the floor. I could get away with not shaving my legs, but the gown was also strapless which meant the underarm fur had to go. So, the next thing I know, I am standing in my kitchen at the sink hacking away with a razor. A dull razor. I finish that ritual of beauty and frantically try to figure out what to do about my face and 'do. Then it hit me. There was no time left. I was too late. I wouldn't make it. So, I gave up. I didn't go. I was a no show for this poor girl's wedding. How horrible!
When I awoke, the dream stayed with me. I remembered the parable that Jesus taught about the wise virgins and the foolish virgins. I grabbed my Bible and there it was; Matthew 25, “Jesus Tells the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids.” Bridesmaids. I was a bridesmaid in my dream. I read the familiar passages and saw myself one with the foolish girls who came to the rehearsal with empty lamps. They had been invited to a wedding. They knew the date, the time and location of the joyous occasion but they weren't ready. They brought no oil with them. No oil means no light. They could not and did not shine their light. Those girls had a great time during the rehearsal just like I did, but they missed the bridegroom and the wedding.
I closed my Bible. I thanked God for showing me the importance of being ready. I praised Him for reminding me not to get so busy “doing” that I become empty and dry. I prayed to be a wise bridesmaid with my lamp full of precious oil so that I ,too, will be like “those who were ready went in with Him to the wedding; and the door was shut.” You may now kiss Your Bride.
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