I was thrilled to be invited to this party, as the girl was very popular and only her friends were invited, I thought she considered me a friend also...Well, back then I was going through one of the most difficult times in my life and it really showed..on my face, in the form of zits..lots of them!
I walked to the girl's home and felt the goosebumps rising as I was ushered into the foyer..this home was truly magnificent, beautifully decorated and huge! I made my way into the formal dining room and sat down at the large table laden with various bottles and trays, bowls and sponges, all the elements necessary to turn a awkward teen into a beautiful supermodel!
The Mary Kay representative showed us the method for closing facial pores, and spoke about the different foundations available for every skin type..great I was learning something new; but just when I thought I had arrived to a party in Heaven itself, the representative singled me out...She asked if there was some stress in my life causing my face to break out so badly? What could I say, I was surrounded in that beautiful home by other teen aged girls who lived in similar homes, who had moms and dads and healthy families...I certainly was not going to pour out my sad story, it really was none of their business anyway, I was not there to talk about my problems..I just wanted to make new friends and maybe buy some make up for goodness sakes!
Then she stepped closer and pointed out the fact that I had blackheads and large pores..oh dear, I felt my face turning red as sweat began to drench my entire body;
I can still remember the torment of taking that 'walk of shame' back to my sister's house...replaying the whole scene in my mind of the other girls leaning in closer to one another and behind veiled hands, trying to hide their snickers. To this day I will never understand how any adult could be so callous to a child. I had already been through so much in my young life. She had no idea.
I am happy to report that my complextion has cleared, although I still use 'Mary Kay' products (for wrinkles now); and as an adult I have recieved many invitations to parties and other events, however, even though I may still get those familiar goosebumps of excitement there is still that shadow looming. What if when I get there, I say or do something stupid? What if...
There is one invitation that I received twenty seven years ago. This invitation had my name lovingly written on it, it also had a couple of other names written there, pretty high profile names too! This invitation was to the most exquisite mansion, in the very best neighborhood ever! This invitation promised a feast and the finest wine and music, and with a massive choir singing throughout. Best of all, this invitation was for a party that never ends! The invitation is a standing invitation, sent by the Creator Himself, given in honor of His Son Jesus Christ, (told you they were high profile names) It was sealed with His royal stamp. When I opened it, I immediately RSVP'd. Here is what it read:
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife [ the Body of Christ] hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. (Rev.19:7-9)
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
"All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out."
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you." (John 14:2)
"I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:2,3)
I hope to see you there on that day!