Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I shoulda done this awhile ago...

I don't know what's taken me so long to share this. Because it's been such a great reminder for me over the past several months. I love it, and come back and read it at least once a week. Which is why I don't really know why I haven't shared it on here. I guess I just kinda wonder if any of y'all who read this ever think about or struggle with the same things as me. But a lot of my friends really have loved it. And I figure that someone out there has to be like us. And after a quick convo with a friend tonight, I decided I needed to put it up here. To encourage whoever you may be.
A couple of months ago, one of my friends and I were taking a mini study break. We got to talking and eventually wandered upon the topic of dating. Both of us are single, while all of our roommates are not. Naturally (at least I hope this is a normal thing), frustrations and feelings we'd rather not have were shared. While it was great to have someone to vent with and talk somethings over with, we left feeling like we had something in common, but didn't exactly bring the conversation back where it needed to be, which is centered on God. But a few minutes later I walked by him and he made me come sit down and read the email his aunt had just sent him.
It was perfect.
For then.
And now.
That's how I came upon this.

The great wedding was ten days ago, many more coming up this summer, another friend from high school got engaged today, and lots more are dating. I love it, but at the same time, this is such a good encouragement for us single friends. 

"Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone – a soul relationship with another – to love thoroughly and exclusively.
 But God to a Christian says, “No, not until you are satisfied – fulfilled – contended with being loved by Me alone – Not until you give yourself totally and unreserved to Me – Not until you have discovered that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, will you be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you.  You will never be united with another until you are united with Me – exclusive of anyone or anything else – exclusive of any desires or longings. 
I want you to stop planning, stop wishing and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing – one that you cannot imagine – I want you to have the best.   Please allow Me to bring it to you.  You just keep watching Me – expecting the greatest things.
Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am.  Keep listening and learning the things I tell you – you just wait. That’s all – don’t be anxious – don’t worry – don’t look around at the things others have gotten or that I’ve given them. Don’t look at the things you think you want. You just keep looking off up to Me or you’ll miss what I want to show you.
And then when you are ready…
I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you would dream of.  You see, until you’re ready and until the one I have for you is ready – until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me and the life I’ve prepared for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me……and this is the perfect love. And dear one, I want you to have the most wonderful love; I want you to see in this perfect human relationship a picture of the love that I offer you with Myself.
Now,  know that I love you – utterly believe it – and be satisfied.”

I wrote a lot at the beginning because there's not a whole lot to say to follow that up. My words seem so inadequate compared to these. So I hope you liked this...

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