Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!
First I want to provide a little background to where I’m going today.
Growing up, the general dating rule for me was that I couldn’t date until I was 18. That way I’d be half way through my senior year of high school and also, I’d be an adult–not that I’d make any “adult” decisions, but just so I’d be more accountable.
Well, as 18 approached, I grew very excited–I’d be able to date!! But, the Friday either before or after (I can’t remember which it was), I was sitting in bed reading my 3rd favorite book of the bible I read over my favorite verse–“Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” (Song of Solomon 3:5) and I felt a stirring in my spirit and knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I needed to wait until I was 20 to date…
Well, as you may imagine, I had mixed feelings about this. First I knew I needed to obey God, secondly, I felt…disappointing…that God was asking me to wait two more years to date. I mean, I waited ALL through high school to date. I listened to my parents wishes. Wasn’t that enough? Apparently not.
As I sat there conflicted, God spoke to me (something I’ve heard several times in the last two years) “You say that you trust me. You say that I am faithful. So, are you gonna trust me and believe I’m faithful in this?” Well, of course that stopped me dead in my tracks (as it has every single time I’ve heard these words spoken to me). So, I said, Lord. I’ll trust you.” And I can honestly say, it was the best thing I could have done.
Well, I’ve waited–sometimes grudgingly, sometimes happily–I’ll be honest with you, there have been times where I’ve thought about going back on that. But, every single time, I realized that anything I could come up with on my own, would be NOTHING compared to what God has in store for me!! And, I have grown so much in these last two (almost) years, which almost certainly wouldn’t have happened had I been dating.
Now, It’s three and a half months until my twentieth birthday, and all of a sudden, I’ve been getting these verses about God fulfilling his promises to those who are faithful to him.
A friend of mine sent me a Bible verse a few weeks ago, and I just love what it says: “And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58: 11
I love where it says he will “Satisfy your desire”! It brings me so much hope! One of my greatest desires ever since I can remember has been to be a wife and mother! And to know that he promises to satisfy my desire, is so encouraging!
In the last several months I have learned more about being a woman of God, what a wife should be and all these things that I KNOW I am going to carry on into whatever future courtship and marriage that is in store for me!
As my birthday slowly approaches, I am filled with excitement. Not because I’ll be “allowed” to date, but because I know God is going to fulfill his promise. Maybe not right away–and I have to be prepared for that as well–but because I know that I am being given all these verses about how he is faithful to fulfill his promises, and I know the promises that I was given “Wait, and I will fulfill your dreams in ways more magnificent than you could ever imagine”. And I believe that he is preparing me for that which he promised me!
So ladies, I would like to encourage you this: If God tells you to wait for something, it’s not because he wants to make you suffer, but because he wants you to grow more in him and your relationship with him, before you get into a relationship with a man. This is one thing I have learned: Be faithful unto him, and he will be faithful unto you.
I believe that when we as women trust God, our Unfading Beauty blossoms a little more. In fact, the Bible actually says so; “This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They put their trust in God…” 1 Peter 3:5
What is God saying to you? I’d love for you to drop me a note!