Waiting Past Midnight

Growing up, when it came to thinking about when my Mr. Knightly would come, I never thought it would be a fairy tale. Although I did not expect Cinderella, I seem to have subconsciously given myself a deadline in which He should be here by. Now, at 20 years old I find myself to be waiting past midnight.

I am nowhere near where I dreamed I would be at this age. Growing up, had you asked me, I would have said I’d be married at 18 and I expected by age 20 to have started a family. But here I am still waiting and dreaming and longing – although I rarely have time for that. For the longest time I believed that life really began at “I do”.

I was wrong.

I came across this quote by Elisabeth Elliot one day that really turned my way of thinking:

“Single life may be only a stage of a life’s journey, but even a stage is a gift. God may replace it with another gift, but the receiver accepts His gifts with thanksgiving.”

My singleness is a gift.

Yes, you read that right. My singleness is a gift. As much as a may dream about married life or where I thought I would be now, I am confident that I am right where God wants me. I am enjoying this single season in my life. It is a gift in such a way that I am free to do, be and act accordingly to that which I feel God calling me to.

In this stage, I am called to walk with God and let Him be all He is to me so that I can be all He called me to be. In this stage of life’s journey, being single allows me to serve and go places that I may not be able to as the same capacity when I am in another stage of life and my responsibility is my husband and family.

So while I sometimes feel like I am waiting past midnight, I recognize the gift that I have in this season and the beauty and blessings that are part of walking in it. I’m no Cinderella, and my life is not a fairy tale, but in this chapter of my life can say a lot about how my story goes.

Next chapter!

Are you waiting past midnight? How is your singleness a gift?

Another Thought on the Topic of Seeing Beauty…

In the last post we talked about seeing beauty in the single season. I have a few more thoughts on seeing beauty however. Sometimes beauty is hard to find; especially when considering circumstances. But something to remember is that beauty isn’t based on the circumstances we see. It is based on what God can bring out of them.

I have learned personally just how situations and circumstances have a beauty in them that we often miss when we are looking at them in the face. I have learned, especially over the last year that God really does orchestrate everything so beautifully! We can’t always see the beauty in what He is working through until it is passed and we can look back on what took place. Just knowing that there is purpose in our circumstances, I believe there is a beauty in that. All life has a purpose. There is beauty in everything – you just need to learn to see it. And if you can’t find it, just hold on to the knowledge that God really does orchestrate everything in such a way that we cannot fathom the good that will come from it. Beauty from ashes. Broken to beautiful. The Lord works in amazing ways!

Learn to see the beauty that God puts in our lives, in the little unexpected places that we may call trials.

In what ways has God brought about something beautiful in your life out of a tough situation? Please share in the comment box! 🙂

Also check out Mandisa’s “Stronger” ❤

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