My sweet Aunt Hazel wrote her parents’ homesteading story and began her account with their wedding day, which I revised a bit for this blog.
Mary Etta stood by the window, watching the road. October 20, 1910, was a very special day for her – her wedding day! Her thick brown hair was piled on her head and she was dressed in a floor-length brown skirt and a pink blouse with long sleeves and a high collar. She’d been ready for some time, anxious for Ralph to come and not wanting to delay their trip to the courthouse.
She looked around the small home, which she had made as neat as possible. Her father’s house had only two rooms, one of which was made from sod. After the ceremony, she and Ralph would be returning to live there with her father and her brother, Lester.
Mary turned back to the window. Yes! He was coming! The familiar team of horses was trotting up the road, followed by a buggy. As the buggy drew nearer, she could see Ralph. He was dressed in a suit and a hat. She stepped to the doorway and waited for him to drive into the yard.
Waiting. We’ve all been there/done that, right? We’ve waited for babies to be born, school or job applications to be accepted, sick loved ones to recover, overpaid income tax money to be returned, relationships to be restored and…well, you fill in the blank.
But the greatest waiting of all is experienced by creation as well as by us.
For all of creation is waiting, yearning for the time when the children of God will be revealed. You see, all of creation has collapsed into emptiness, not by its own choosing, but by God’s. Still He placed within it a deep and abiding hope that creation would one day be liberated from its slavery to corruption and experience the glorious freedom of the children of God. … And there is more; it’s not just creation—all of us are groaning together too. Though we have already tasted the firstfruits of the Spirit, we are longing for the total redemption of our bodies that comes when our adoption as children of God is complete. Romans 8:19-23 (The Voice)
The last book in the Bible, Revelation, talks about fulfillment of longing similar to the moment when my grandfather arrived to drive my grandmother to the courthouse to marry her. Oh, the joy they must have felt that day! Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. Rev. 19:7 (NLT)
Along with creation, the bride, which is the church, longs for our wedding day and the total redemption of our bodies. Good news – Jesus will return! This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11 (NIV)
Jesus promises, “I am coming soon!” (Revelation 22:7, 17, 20)
And we respond, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)
*You can hear the rest of my grandparents’ homesteading story on the podcast I record with Steve called “Let Me Tell You a Story.” Readings from my grandparents’ story begin at podcast #20 and continue (off and on) through #37. http://www.beckylyles.com/podcast