By: Richard Gazowsky
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Last night there was a big hole punched in our family’s normal nightly sleeping schedule. At 2:00 a.m. I went from room to room to wake up the women to come into the living room. The long-anticipated English royal wedding was about to be aired live on the BBC. My two daughters were especially excited to see one thing: Kate’s dress. We absorbingly watched the majestic procession of dignitaries, the queen and her entourage, and, of course, William and his brother. But nothing got the attention of my household (and I’m sure most viewers in the word) more than Kate coming out in her stunningly beautiful white wedding dress.
The future duchess of Cambridge exited the Rolls Royce and walked nobly through the ornate doors of Westminster Abbey on the arm of her father. This was the moment everyone had been waiting for. Suddenly all the dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince William, faded into the background and she stood there in her white dress with the tear drop veil. The attention of nearly two billion people around the world were centered upon this one woman: the bride.
It was at this instant that I could clearly see how important the Bride of Christ is to the host of heaven, and how William and Kate’s wedding was a spiritual metaphor for all mankind. God is preparing you to be His bride. You may not realize it, but everything around you is focused upon you obeying God in every detail. At William and Kate’s wedding the newscaster was constantly mentioning the number of minute details that had been carried out by the British royal household and the government, to make sure that every single particular of the wedding came off as planned.
Kate rode to the ceremony in a purple Rolls Royce. Specially selected trees (or should I say an entire section of a forest) had been moved into the Abbey for the ceremony. The choir was given newly-composed songs to sing, and the Lord’s name was mentioned so many times it could fill even the lowest heart with praise. The officiating minister emphasized, with great clarity, the importance of the couple’s purity and sanctity in the union of marriage. It was like the whole world was being washed clean from the immoralities of previous generations and we were once again being placed on the Rock, Christ Jesus, and the foundation of a man and a woman walking together until death they do part. Afterwards the royal couple rode off in a 1902 open-topped carriage, the identical one that the princess Diana had used at her wedding.
I believe the royal wedding was a spiritual metaphor. God is skipping over the entire generation that lived before William, one that represented so much confusion, and He is bringing the whole world to the place of William and Kate. Many people who are in positions of power today (in the church, business, government, and family) are also going to be skipped over because they have brought war and confusion upon their generation. But God is raising up a new generation that only follows the will, way, and wind of God.
If you noticed, once Kate became William’s bride everything changed. She thereafter was seen bowing her head inside the carriage while her husband saluted. William was responding, to his duty as a soldier, to passing officials on the way. Kate respectfully lowered her eyes because she knew she would no longer have to defend herself in any way. She was now under Duke William’s royal covering. That slight movement of Catherine really grabbed my attention. To me it revealed the immense power of the English monarchy that protected the bride. In the same way you and I, as the Bride of Christ, need to fully realize God’s desire to cover, protect, defend, and fight for us. All we have to do is “bow” out of any conflict and “hand it over” to Him.
The crowning moment of the wedding was what happened on the Buckingham Palace balcony. My wife Sandy was so moved by this event that she broke into tears. Mr. and Mrs. Middleton, the parents of Kate, were just common British folk and had only met the Queen the week before. Now they had been brought into lofty fellowship with the King and Queen of England. So it will be with God. In a very short space of time He is going to take and promote you to a place of royalty that will be well beyond your upbringing and station in life. Now, more than ever, we must listen to His voice in the small areas of life, because it will be the little things that will birth those great changes. Have you obeyed God in what or how much He told you to eat today, where He told you to go, what protocol He told you to follow? That is the key. If you are “faithful in little He will make you ruler over much.”
It seemed to me that Kate listened more closely to the minister’s sermon than anyone else in the church. I sensed she was hungry to hear God’s voice. Some people may have been uncomfortable with all the formality or had their attention on the other social elements that were present, but none of this seemed to affect the young bride. She was listening intently for God’s voice. Could that be why the Lord put the eyes of the world upon her?
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Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called The Voice of Pentecost, and is also president of Christian WYSIWYG Filmworks. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”