Thursday, July 23, 2009

God's Timing

Chris and I recently discovered something about God's involvement in our story that totally blew us away.

Check this out.

The other night we were talking about many of our single friends. I mentioned how back in early 2005, I had a very revolutionary experience in my journey as a single woman. Being married was something I had desired for many years and I struggled with trying to truly be content to wait on God while still deeply desiring a husband. I felt like every time I prayed about it, I was in a way telling God I wasn't content. The thing was, though, there was no use pretending it wasn't constantly on my mind. It was.

As 2005 started, I made a decision that instead of pretending that it wasn't constantly on my mind, I'd acknowledge that it was and then give that to God. I made a commitment to pray every day for my husband - whoever he was and wherever he might be. Beginning January 1, 2005, I spent my 20 minute drive to work each day praying for my husband. I prayed for his heart for God. I prayed for his job. I prayed for his family. I prayed for his thought life. I prayed for his fears. I prayed for his dreams.

Even though nothing changed outwardly in my dating life, my attitude changed because I felt like I was finally doing something. It was empowering to be able to openly admit my desire and give it up to God.

I prayed very consistently from several months. Around the beginning of April, as summer approached, life got busier and I prayed with less frequency. However, for those three months, my prayer life had come alive in a way it never had before. And my struggle with being single took on a new purpose.

I mentioned this to Chris the other night. He got this knowing smile on his face and told me he wasn't surprised.

Because on April 24, 2005, after several months of soul searching, Chris surrendered his life to God.

11 comments:

Kelsey Donahue said...

That is really really awesome. :) Great inspiration Becky.

Kristen Hamilton said...

Ohhhh, goose bumps! God is good, all the time...

silly eagle said...

amazing. thanks for sharing that.

Jamie said...

That is a great story! I'm glad that you made the connection and shared it with us.
And thanks for being real about it. I hear from so many people that they met their future husband the moment they stopped wanting one... or the moment they gave up. That may totally be true and maybe God wanted them in that place in preparation, but not always. I don't believe that you have to give up on wanting to get married as a prerequisite to getting married.

Carolyn said...

The best story ever. I love it.

Chuck <>< said...

That is awesome!!! Shows how God is always in control and has a plan. Something well worth sharing with your children someday. Blessings & thanks for sharing!!

Cath Swan said...

Brilliant testimony that God still answers prayer! Thanks!

Tschocolate said...

Ooh that makes me all tingly! I also have been praying for my husband every day and it makes a WORLD of difference. Highly recommend the book "Power of a praying wife." She covers 30 different areas in depth to pray for your husband in. It has totally empowered us and our relationship.

Amanda said...

I really enjoyed reading this story, Beck! Thanks for sharing!

WOODY said...

Simply amazing. I'm so glad you have this blog, Becky. I hope years into your marriage you come back and read what you've written. Sadly, the routines of life can sometimes cause us to lose sight of how we got to where we are. It's a humbling experience to be reminded that God directs our paths.

Amanda said...

That is so awesome! Your story brought tears to my eyes!