"I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast towards you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you, you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
A few weeks ago, my family and I were watching a show about these two best friends. One of them, Katie, worked at a coffee shop with another guy, Aidan. And they both seemed to like each other - but they hadn't told each other yet. In the episode, the two were working at a fundraiser. However, Aidan kept running off to play games and win tickets instead of helping her. Katie got aggravated, but in the end, she found out that he did it only so that he could win a new laptop for her - as hers was broken. Awwwww (hehehe).
He also helped Katie when she had a panic attack, calming her down, even though she hadn't told him that she was even having one!
Additionally, in another episode (or maybe it was the same one?) Katie was trying to ask him to come to prom with her (I think he had already graduated or something), but she could never work up the courage to do it. She'd walk over to him, and then lose the courage and talk about something else - or run out the door xD. So, she ended up going to Prom without him.
But then (hehe), he showed up at the prom and surprised her! He read between the lines and figured out that she had wanted to invite him, and so he had showed up anyway with a corsage for her :) (awwww!!)
As I walked up the stairs to get ready for bed after, my heart was all over the place. My desires for wanting a boyfriend/husband came up all over again, and I starting wishing I had someone like Aidan, who would care for me and take time to give me things I needed and know what I was thinking without me even asking for it. My heart was all wistful, full of longing.
I was also upset at myself for watching the show in the first place, knowing it would lead me to wistfulness and discontent. I was upset and angry for failing to guard my heart once again.
But then, as I started to pray and cry out to God, something the book Before You Meet Prince Charming said came to mind.
It talked about how a girl started finding parallels between her older sister's relationship and her relationship with the Lord.
(Thank you, God!! You always provide a way of escape when we cry out to you!)
And so...I gave it a try. I asked myself what the parallels between Aidan and Katie's relationship and my relationship with the Lord was.
And then I realized...wow. My Father has gone above and beyond Aidan's standard! ;)
Instead of merely giving up his time and buying me a new laptop, He gave up His only Son, so that I could have new LIFE.
He calms me down all the time. Unlike any human or thing in this world, God is always with me! His presence never leaves me, and He fills me with true, real, lasting and perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Peace at all times, in every way (2 Thess. 3:16)! He comforts me because He is a God of COMFORT!
And, woah, He knows my every thought! He knows my words before they're even on my tongue (Psalm 139). He never second guesses Himself or guesses incorrectly. He knows EXACTLY what I need (Matthew 6:8)! Wowww. No human being - not even a bestest best friend or husband- could know me that well. That's crazy, y'all. The God of the whole Universe....He knows my every thought. He's acquainted with all of my ways! Because He cares - more than anyone else could.
By the time I finished praying and reflecting, I couldn't help but worship. All that I need I already have in Christ!! Thank you, JESUS!! He is ENOUGH! And everything that I long for in a relationship...He's the only One who can and who has fulfilled each longing! Praise the LORD!
And and and...get this. My sweet mama brought this verse up during dinner today, and I wanted to share it with you all before I wrap up:
2 Peter 1:3 says that "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence," (emphasis added)
He has given us ALL WE NEED: for LIFE and for GODLINESS. WOAH. You guys...what more do we need?? Christ is enough!!
So to all of you who are single: this week, I encourage you to look for parallels when you long for a relationship. Remember that God is the only one who can complete you, and that a relationship with God is the ultimate, best one we could ever have!
For some of you, though, it might not be a relationship. Maybe you're longing for acceptance, glory, love, more stuff - I don't know. But what I do know is that your Father already knows what you need (Luke 12:30), and if you don't have it right now, you must not need it right now.
Remind yourself of what you already have in the Lord. Remind yourself of how good our God is! He truly exceeds our every expectation :))
I'm praying for you!
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart;
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"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."