June 21, 1997–the day I dressed in white and changed my name from Miss Amy Dunson to Mrs. Amy Storms. So much went wrong in our wedding that remembering it still makes me cringe. Amid the bridesmaids’ dresses going missing, the photographer getting in a fight with Andy’s grandma, and the flower girl spilling water down the front of her dress, I forgot to pull my veil over my face. No blusher for this bride. And I could’ve used it, too, to hide my tears as I cried my way down the aisle.
Veils aren’t always a good thing. To the believers in Corinth, Paul wrote about the veil Moses wore after being in the Lord’s presence. Paul said that some people have veils, not over their faces, but over their hearts. The veil keeps them from experiencing God’s salvation and freedom. “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord,” Paul wrote, “the veil is taken away.” (2 Corinthians 3:16)
A veiled heart keeps us from God…oh, let’s remove the veil! No blusher for the Bride of Christ. Lord, let us turn to you, and let nothing separate us from You. Let us encounter You, as Moses did. Give us minds to know You better and hearts to love You more. (Ephesians 1:17-18) Let us be as Paul described: “And we who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) Amen.