When the idea for this series came to mind, I was all prepared to gear this series to answer the question of does true love wait with a no (that you shouldn’t just sit and wait to be found by your prince charming). But, the more I prayed about it and thought about the overall message, I shifted focus. I still say that you shouldn’t idly wait for the man that God has preordained for you. And, while I totally believe that we should not sit and twiddle our thumbs, I think we should continue to “wait” on God. It builds character and teaches patience. What have you heard about patience? Yep, that’s right – it is a virtue. And, just as important, it is a spiritual fruit. Being virtuous women and developing the spirit of the fruit in our lives should be a top priority.
At various stages of my life, I have waited. This time around , I recognize that the waiting is different. Initially, I waited impatiently. But, now I am waiting expectantly. Psalm 37:7 (GNT) says, ” Be patient and wait for the Lord to act;…” How we spend our wait/our meantime determines a lot – particularly our outlook on life.
While we are patiently waiting, it is important to develop self-control (another spiritual fruit) as it relates to how we manage/deal with our feelings for members of the opposite sex.
While we are patiently waiting, we should trust God to fulfill his promises. We should trust him to guide us as His will is done in our lives (Psalm 37:23-24 & Isaiah 30:21). Patiently waiting means trusting God’s timing and his love for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
While we are patiently waiting, we should walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We should become involved with ministries at our churches and social and civic organizations that will allow us to use our gifts for His glory. Join a gym. Enjoy outings with your friends and family. Don’t stay locked up in your house. While you are out and about, you might be “found” or noticed by your future husband. You just never know. 🙂
Waiting often yields uncertainty, and as a result, it can be extremely aggravating…just being honest. Hence, the repetition of “patiently”. But, love is patient (1 Corinthians 13:4). So, while waiting on love, we should be patient. As I said earlier, patience is a virtue AND a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). We all like to get a resounding yes when we ask for something. I have learned that the lack of response from God is not necessarily a NO. Sometimes, it is simply “not right now”. While we are patiently waiting, God is perfecting us and writing our love story.
As always, be blessed!
P.S. Check out the dishes (crockpot squash and zucchini soup, tomato soup and kale salad) I made this week.
P.P.S. Stay tuned for Part III.