My daughter, Laura, and her husband, Kagi, were married last August, six months ago. Due to unexpected delays in obtaining visas, they have only been together for about two of those six months. Not knowing the answers to the “If” and “When” questions has been difficult, requiring extraordinary patience for these newlyweds. Nevertheless, they persevered and faithfully communicated with each other. They worked to build a strong foundation for their marriage while living apart. Finally, this morning Laura was notified that she has been granted the UK visa that she needs. She can go to be with her husband!

For the past several months Laura has been living with Nancy and me, giving us a front row seat as the waiting-drama played out. Waiting with the bride reminds me of one of my favorite Bible passages, Revelation 21.

 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

The waiting for Laura has not been easy. Likewise, our waiting for Jesus’ return is not easy. Nevertheless, we continue to prepare with the hope that when he comes, the wait will seem as nothing.

Laura will soon be reunited with her husband. We, the Bride of Christ, will soon be fully united with him.

Let us not grow weary as we wait!