“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
I can still hear their well-meaning voices ringing in my ears.
“You’re too picky.”
“You’re almost 30, shouldn’t you be dating someone? Anyone?”
“I have a friend of a friend of a friend who is still single…”
And my personal favorite:
“When are you getting married? I’d like to attend your wedding before I die!”
It’s not like I didn’t date.
In fact, I dated my fair share of frogs in my quest for Prince Charming.
But when I didn’t see that Prince coming anytime soon…or ever…I made a decision.
I decided I was okay with being single.
Okay with being “me”.
But then HE called again.
We agreed to meet at the mall.
I got there early, found a seat at our appointed spot, and waited.
I thought he stood me up.
When, in reality, he had simply been looking at the back of my head.
For 30 minutes.
When I finally turned around and saw him, he said he didn’t recognize me with “long hair”.
And, you know what?
I believed him!
You see, we hadn’t seen each other in eight years.
Yet that didn’t stop him from calling me periodically during that time.
And, every time he did, I was dating someone.
Usually one of those frogs.
But that day, his timing was perfect.
God’s timing was perfect and…
Worth the wait.
So, we finally went on our first date.
Friday’s for lunch and Friendly’s for ice cream.
And those eight years melted (yes, pun intended) away.
Four months later, we were engaged.
And, within a year, we were married!
I moved to a new state.
With no family, no friends, no job, and no sense of direction.
He moved into a new way of life.
Sharing his day and his television clicker.
Well, maybe not his television clicker. 🙂
This week, we’ll be celebrating twenty-five years of marriage.
There have been ups and downs, twists and turns, valleys and mountains.
And through each one, we’ve learned
To climb out of the valleys
To dance on the mountaintops
And, through these 25 years, one thing has never changed.
Our love for each other.
Well, on second thought, it has changed.
Whenever I share our story, I love to tell people that “he had always loved me” and that’s why he pursued me for eight years.
But truth be told, it’s the other way around.
I had always loved him.
He was…and is…my Prince Charming.
Dear one, sometimes “life” shows up when we least expect it.
Like when we relax and seek the will and timing of our Heavenly Father
Instead of being anxious
Or checking off the to-do boxes of what will please our family, our friends, our co-workers, and the world.
Perhaps you’re in a waiting period right now.
For love. For healing of body or heart. For reconciliation. For change. For peace.
Whatever your wait, remember this.
We have a Great God who is aware of every aspect of our lives.
Of every breath we take.
Let His Love be enough in the wait.
I know that’s easy to say and hard to do.
I struggle with it too.
So, maybe it will help us to remember these truths:
Our God is faithful.
He loves us more than we can imagine.
His timing is always perfect
Worth the wait.
Spread your joy,