Once you’ve written a book on singleness, people tend to assume that anything involving singleness, marriage, or dating must interest you. If I had a dollar for every time someone came up to me to point out yet another book, blog post, seminar, etc. about relationship statuses, I might actually be making decent money off this accidental venture of mine. And I might be less inclined to roll my eyes every time someone approached me with yet another you-name-it.
Because, seriously, it happens all the time and, honestly, I’m not all that interested in talking about romance and relationships.
So when a friend of mine posted a link on my wall saying she thought I would like it, I had one of those “ugh” moments. Except the title of this blog really intrigued me.
“I don’t wait anymore,” it said. So I clicked the link and read what may honestly be the best message on singleness I ever read.
Go read it and see what you think.
“’True Love Waits.’ Waits. What’s it ‘waiting’ for, anyway?”
Apparently I’m not the only person in the world who discovered that waiting is not always a good thing. Someone aside from me realized that the pat answers we give single people do more harm than good. And someone other than me decided that she wasn’t okay with it anymore.
“Whether it was the fault of the leaders, the fault of us girls, or both, a tragedy happened back then. A lot of girls were sold on a deal and not on a Savior.”
Somewhere along the line, we started to get this idea that singleness is an if/then agreement with God.
“If you seek Me first, then I’ll bring the right guy into your life.”
Well okay, God, but is that sort of like how my dad promised we’d get a horse after my brother was potty-trained? Because he’d been wearing big boy pants for seven years when we finally got one, and I don’t know that I can wait seven years for a guy. I’m sort of satisfied now, so could You hurry up a little?
“What if we as girls had learned early on that having Him was everything, not a means to the life we think He would want us to have?”
I completely and totally, wholeheartedly agree with Grace on this one. Somehow we’ve taken something as beautiful as purity and waiting and distorted it until it was all about a guy. But God didn’t give us a season of singleness so we could spend it searching for Mr. Right; He gave us that time to fall in love with Him.
We’ve lost sight of that. We’ve let our focus shift. And we’re insecure and unsatisfied because of it.
“I’ve planned major life decisions around possibilities. I lived like I was waiting for something.”
But you know what? There’s something bigger out there. Something better. God desires so much for you in this season of your life and He is simply waiting for you to reach out and take hold of the life He intended for you.
“I just didn’t want to wait anymore – didn’t want to live like I was waiting on anyone to get here.”
So maybe instead of “True Love Waits,” we should be saying it this way:
It can wait. It can wait until we’ve figured out what’s truly important in life. It can wait until we realize that what we’ve really been missing has been right there all along. After all…
“I already have Him … and He is everything.”