I posted this graphic to IG yesterday (@christiansingleladies), because I loved the statement. God takes us on some incredible adventures--sometimes rather unwillingly. We get so caught up in where we want to be that we forget to look at the journey itself. We live in an instant society now. Think about it...
There is nothing we can't find, obtain, or access in seconds, and it's creating a problem with Patience and Appreciation. Not all things come easy or instantly. I think about this a lot, because I struggle with both in my ever-so-long season of singleness. I watched most of my friends and family find their partners and get married long ago. I see my single friends in relationships, and here I am still chronically single. No boyfriend, no husband. And I'm in my 40s. Patience and Appreciation sometimes have to fight for a place in my heart.
God has whispered "Patience" in my ear more times than I can count, and I've fought him over and over. Sometimes I sound like the spoiled children in Willy Wonka, where I whine, "I want it NOW!" It's shameful for me to admit, but I"m far from perfect, as God knows. However, when my head clears and my heart gets over its petulant fit, I remember that all things come in God's timing.
First, I know that if I was supposed to be single forever, God would not have laid a desire to be matched on my heart. So I find hope that God will eventually bring me my partner. Second, I do think He is taking me on a journey to end up where I need to be so that I can appreciate this season of singleness and my eventual partner in a way that honors God.
When I see the place I am right now through His lens, I know that I have come so far in my life. I don't know if I would appreciate my partner in the same way if God had just plopped him in my lap years ago. Would I have been a bad wife or girlfriend? I don't know. I do know that I may not have done all the things I've experienced over the years had I been in a relationship. I look back on my journey, and I'm not sure I would have changed it, which makes me sad that I haven't always appreciated it.
So take a moment today to pray about the journey God has you on right now. Instead of focusing on the lack of dating relationship or marriage in your life, maybe focus on where God has you right now. Take time to build your relationship with God and see where He wants to take you. Pray about the journey, not the destination. It's amazing how God can use the adventure to bring Patience and Appreciation back into our hearts.
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