We are featuring our top EmpowerMoments of 2011. They made us laugh and they made us cry. They comforted us during troubled times and made us uncomfortable in our mess. But most important, they EMPOWERED us to be greater women all around! We are better wives, mothers, daughters, friends, servants and employees. We have been EMPOWERED to love harder, forgive more and listen better. We thank God for EmpowerMoments! Enjoy the Best of Series!
As I’ve stated twice before, one of the hardest challenges I’ve ever encountered was being a single, Christian woman but I never mentioned the hardest event to attend as a single woman…WEDDINGS!! A few weeks ago a friend from college met his beautiful bride at the altar to exchange vows before God, family, and loved ones. Truthfully, I was very happy for him but I could not help but to think about my future husband.
Weddings are supposed to be joyous occasions but it is very easy to lose focus as a single guest. As the ceremony commenced I was deeply involved in a dispute with God in my head. I eagerly questioned God when was it going to be my turn? Where is my husband? When am I going to be able to start planning my dream wedding? Why everyone else and not me? I desperately wanted God to know that I am READY FOR LOVE!!
Just as India Arie poured her heart out on the lyrics to that song, I poured my heart out to God. The entire wedding was a bit much for me as my emotions were torn. Eventually I put aside my feelings and decided to chime in on the celebration. However, once the wedding was over and I was on my way home, I chose to have a real conversation with Jesus and not just a one-sided interview like before.
As I drove back to Nashville, He revealed something to me that was a slap in the face. “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting of Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5 KJV) It was at that moment that I realized that I can be READY for love forever but being patient for it is what God expects. Since God knows the true desires of my heart, why was I questioning the arrival of my husband? He is in control of the situation but clearly I have not let it go. The real issue is that sometimes we have to surrender it over to Jesus and let it be while still having the patience to wait for Him to deliver on His promises.
Thank You for Your promises. I know that what You have for me is for me but I pray for the patience to wait for it. I understand that You have already worked it out but I ask that You help me to stay in position until it is released. Lord, I pray for the obedience to surrender it to You and allow You to have Your way without question. I am READY for a lot of things but I pray for the patience to wait on my God to see me worthy of it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, single or married, I encourage each of you to EMPOWER yourself and others to be patient in your situation. Remember God created you so He personally knows your long lists of wants. He is just waiting for the opportunity to increase your territory but are you going to be patient enough to wait it out?
Read a related EmpowerMoment: Single in the City 7: Ready with God
Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17