This week, I’ve been rereading Elisabeth Elliot’s Passion and Purity. Let me say, I cannot recommend this volume highly enough. What I’ve most appreciated during this read-through is how incredibly aware Mrs. Elliot is that her methods may be 50 years old, but the message is the same and as true as ever. Get yourself a copy!
Needless to say, Passion and Purity, and my thoughts on singleness, directly relate to this reflection.
Yesterday, I had a wonderful lunch break with the LORD. Reading, thinking, and praying I happily ate my honey-nut cream cheese bagel.
When my iPod was playing just the right song, I felt myself lapse into the very anti-Elisabeth Elliot world of dreaming about the Perfect Guy. You know him, you probably even have your own. At that moment, I wanted nothing more than the Man of my Dreams to come strolling through the trees toward my lone park bench. Then, Christ revealed an amazing truth about Himself.
Even Mr. Right is wrong.
What I mean to say is, there is no perfect man, never has been and never will be, apart from Jesus Christ. You all must know me and my romantic tendencies by now, I’ve spent countless hours grasping a phantom of a person, desperately trying to plant his face onto any eligible, and unaware, guy. How wrong I was.
Ladies! Rather than fantasize about your knight in shining armor, your Mr. Right, or the Man of your Dreams – focus on the Perfect Man who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The man who has, “loved you with an everlasting love,” since before the world began (Jeremiah 31:3).
Unknowingly, the God of the Universe had been romancing me all the while. Why would I ever look anywhere else for complete and total satisfaction? Let the LORD love you, let Him direct your steps, and see what amazing things He has planned (Jeremiah 29:11). Really, that thought is for single and married alike.