Waiting for God’s Best
By Rebecca St. James
I’m often asked how I remain patient with God’s plan for my life when I’m still single. I’ve talked so much about it, it’s no secret—eventually I want to get married. The truth is that there have been many moments when I’ve been tired of waiting for the right guy to arrive. My mum challenged me once. “You need to let go and trust God with this,” she said. I started tearing up. She was right. I asked, “How do you let go of something so important?”
Relinquishing this to God has been quite a process, but I don’t want anything for myself that God doesn’t want for me. Where are the joy and abundant life in settling for something that He doesn’t desire for my life? Releasing this was incredibly freeing. I still believe God will grant me this desire, but I will trust God either way. Until you come to that place of abandonment, the grass always looks greener on the other side. If you can’t surrender something of such importance, the danger is that when it comes you will cling to it and suffocate it, and you may end up hurting the very thing you have longed for. I now feel that I will be able to go into marriage as a whole person. A better prayer than “God, when will You bring the special guy into my life?” is “God, I don’t know what You have in mind for my future … but I await whatever it is expectantly, knowing that You know me better than I even know myself.” I don’t want any less than what God has in mind. I want the best that He has in mind.
I remember when I thought people in their 20’s were adults. Now all of my friends are in their 20’s and everybody is just kind of fumbling around bumping into each other, trying to figure out where the free food is
#86 I love receiving handwritten letters.
Whether it’s long or short or a note written on a sticky note, it doesn’t matter to me. I keep everything.
I have this box of letters that I brought with me when we moved out of the country. It has letters even way back in elementary (or middle school) days which is at least 10 years ago. I love how so many things have changed and yet reading those letters brings me back to that certain moment in time.
I like everything in the outfit except the loose shorts. I’d probably wear this with my semi-high waisted shorts.
Remember, if God promised it, He’s going to bring it to pass. Scripture tells us that through faith and patience we inherit God’s promises. This is where patience comes in; this is where perseverance comes in. This is where trust comes in. Just because you don’t see things happen right away doesn’t mean you should quit. No, instead, rise up and press forward. Keep believing, keep hoping, keep enduring and keep asking because our God is always faithful to His word!
#85 I have always believed that God’s best will come in God’s perfect timing.
I have been holding on to this all my life and so far, He has never failed me. When we moved to another country, I was praying to get involved in the leadership ministry. It’s amazing that not only did He make me a leader of a small group, I was also chosen to be a part of their senior leadership ministry despite me being relatively new to their church, (There’s only a few of us in the senior leadership team so it was a big deal for me.)
It took my at least a year before I became a leader in our church and few months after that, senior leadership team. It involves a lot of waiting and praying. But it’s always worth it in the end.