Caravan Sonnet: Hope for the Future in the Single Journey

10/24/16

Hope for the Future in the Single Journey

“The Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the earlier years.”
-Job 42:12-

One of the real aspects of singleness is the heartbreaking reality of seeing days pass without our dreams fulfilled in this journey. It can be tempting to doubt God and His promises as each day passes without seeing our deepest longings fulfilled. It can be hard to hold on to hope for the future and easy to allow despair to settle into the crevices of the deepest part of our souls. 

In my experience it seems like these seasons of deeper longing strike at different times. For some people it is the holiday season that is harder while for others it can be the lonely weekend days. Like many women who are single, I long to share my life with someone. I long to "live life together" and serve God with someone in our everyday lives. I long to share the celebrations and holidays with someone but even more so I long to share everyday life with someone. I long to be a mama ... I long to serve the Lord as a married woman. All of these things are natural and important, and because these longing and ache is so deep, there are times where it seems like on this journey that I just can not stop the tears from falling and I weep and I struggle to hold on to hope for the future that things could be different. 

But as the days and weeks and months pass and another holiday season is soon approaching I choose to put aside my feelings and believe in the Lord. I pray that my my fears, my hopes, and my longings for the future be solely found in Him. 

“But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more.” 
-Psalm 71:14-

Whatever the future holds- whether it brings marriage or continued singleness I know that He will be with us each and every day friends and will not abandon us. We are not alone. 

Let us pray for the wisdom that we need for each moment in the future that it comes from Him alone. “Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 24:14)

Our faith for our future hope rests solely on the Lord and not on a circumstance changing. He will lead us each step of the way- through this journey – and beyond it. Let us remain confident that the Lord has a plan, a plan “for welfare and not for evil, to give us a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11) and that friend, is what we can rest in today. 

Let us rest in the arms of the one who loves us more than life. Let us wait solely on Him to direct each of my steps in this area of our lives. 

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” 
-Psalm 130:5-

Let us hold fast to the hope, that like Job, He will bless each step in the future, even more than our early years as the scripture above states. And let us hold fast to the Lord, no matter what the circumstances look like right now. 

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” 
-Hebrews 11:1-

Dear hurting and brokenhearted single friends, hold onto the hope and truth that the Lord is near for today and holds our beautiful future in His hands. God is always with us friends... may His tender mercy comfort you in this difficult season of longing and give you strength and dignity as you laugh without fear of the future. 

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and I can laugh without fear of the future.” 

-Proverbs 31:25-

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