"Don't worry about
anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God
what you need, and thank Him for all He has done." -Philippians
Over coffee recently, I had the great pleasure
of listening to a young woman’s story of how she met
her husband-to-be at her workplace. The only problem
was...he hadn’t proposed yet.
Now a year-and-a-half into their relationship, she
still has a promise from God, which she received
some time ago, that this man would be her husband.
So why the wait?
God’s promises are yes
and amen. He is not a man that He would lie (Num
23:19). He always fulfills His promises. And so goes
God’s Word to deliver in due time while my friend
offers up thanksgiving and praise...and while He
prepares her for the marathon and ministry of
She understands that the
God, not on her husband-to-be.
At this point, she
doesn’t know how long her wait will be, only that it
will happen in “due time,” in His “appointed time,”
according to what He has revealed thus far during
Therefore, she keeps her
eyes on God and continues to believe with
I’ve heard it said that
many women spend more time planning their wedding
than preparing for their marriage--certainly
something to ponder.
I love that this young
woman has come to realize that her wait is divinely
purposed. God is giving her the luxury of an alert
and of time to dig deeper into His treasury of
scriptures on the topic of marriage and for Him to
establish Himself more intimately as her First
Husband (Is 54:5)...because she will need it.
James 4:8 tells us that as we come near to God,
He comes near to us. What a wonderful invitation of
intimacy with Him in a very special calling.
As she yields her will to
His wait, He will equip her soul and establish her
to lean upon Him for everything she needs in her
marriage-to-be. He knows she will need this
discipline in the years to come. And He loves her
(and her husband-to-be) enough to provide them with
a righteous foundation.
I love that she is seeing
her new journey God’s way and is choosing to trust
Him at His Word, beyond her current circumstances.
There is nothing like faith strengthened, fertile
for a harvest.
There is also peace in
preparation--both in the spiritual and in the
practical. How wonderful to have the advantage of
keeping it all in God’s perspective.
This time alone with God
also allows my friend the luxury of lifting up
wedding ideas to Him. She understands that God
orders her steps and that He cares about details.
What better wedding planner than The Holy Spirit?!
Interestingly enough, as
I drove home from our coffee meeting, two billboards
caught my attention along the highway--one
advertising a bridal show in town for the following
month, and one advertising wedding rings. Yes, God
is on the move!
And while God is moving
in my friend’s life, He’s moving in her future
husband’s...by His grace. God knows just how to work
in him, when to prompt him and where to position him
to fulfill the promise in His appointed time.
Isn’t God amazing?
He really does have a
plan to prosper our lives in every area.
Jeremiah 29:10-14 tells us...
"'...I will come to
you and fulfill My good promise to bring you back to
this place. For I know the plans I have for you,'
declares The Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to
harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then
you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I
will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me
when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be
found by you,' declares the Lord..."
What has God promised
you? Do you realize He has not forgotten you, that
He is always preparing you for the fulfillment of
His promises on earth as it is in heaven? He will
reveal them to you incrementally as you live out
your life for Him. Coming to know Him in this way
and exploring His treasures are two of
Christianity’s greatest adventures.
It’s all for His
Kingdom...building us to build for Him.
Thank you Jesus for Your