As I count down the last 4 months and 1 week of my season of singleness, I can’t help but reflect on where God has brought me from. If you browse any of my blog entries prior to September 2009, you can see the growth for yourself. I use to think I was ready for marriage as soon as I was an “adult” (over the age of 21 in my book). Because I was always starving for love and affection from a “special someone” I wrongfully believed that those urges meant that I was ready to settle down. So around the age of 22, I started diving heart first into one committed relationship after another looking for the perfect guy. It never worked out. My inordinate affection for a human being’s love guaranteed that I would idolize those relationships if any of them had blossomed into marriage. God loves me too much to see that happen so He always intervened before things got to that stage. Along with God’s divine intervention, my own selfish, manipulative, Proverbs 5 ways ensured that I never got what I wanted more than anything, a stable relationship that was marriage focused. In case you were wondering, here’s what Proverbs 5 (v. 3-6) says:
For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey,And her mouth is smoother than oil;4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,Sharp as a two-edged sword.5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.[a]6 Lest you ponder her path of life—Her ways are unstable;You do not know them.
You might think it mighty odd that I would describe myself in those terms but let me explain. As THAT woman who was compromising and saying ANY and EVERYTHING to get a ring, I was definitely a smooth talker. I would flatter, flirt, cajole or nag my way to get a guy to see me as “wifey material” (I hate that term now, by the way, lol). I wasn’t thinking about the guy. I wasn’t considering whether I was suitable for him and the future plans he had. I wasn’t praying for God’s will in his life. I wasn’t concerned with how I could help him grow in Christ or achieve his destiny, I JUST WANTED A RING!!! A woman with those kind of selfish motives is the EPITOME of a Proverbs 5 adulteress. This is not to down myself but to give us all a reality check. You’re not ready for marriage just because you’re lonely. The best piece of advice I ever got when it comes to singleness, godly relationships or marriage is this – don’t be obsessed with FINDING the right person, be committed to BEING the right person (paraphrased from Chip Ingram’s Series Love, Sex and Lasting Relationships).
Are you in a fruit bearing relationship with Christ by yourself? Do you daily exhibit the character traits of the Holy Spirit by being loving, joyful, peaceable, long suffering, kind, good and faithful? If you are currently NOT bearing this fruit with family and friends, how the heck do you think you’ll be able to do so while you’re yoked with another imperfect human being in the covenant of marriage?
These are important questions to ask oneself because marriage is not about a WEDDING. It is about spending a lifetime with someone who will cause you to look more and more like Christ with each passing day. A marriage built on anything other than Christ is built on a shaky ground and before God fully prepared me, I was headed for disaster.
Look out for another post on singleness. I pray this one has given you reason to pause, examine yourself and pray. God bless.
6 thoughts on “Are You Ready?”
Bless you my sister! Let me tell you that words cant’ express how very JUBILANT and PROUD of your impending marriage and how you patiently waited on God. I know that marriage was very high on your list lol but you even higher is that it must be done on God’s terms! You paraphrased the realization I and many others must meditate on! “don’t be obsessed with FINDING the right person, be committed to BEING the right person” AAAAAMEN to that! Thank you for sharing as I’m sure this will be very helpful! Can’t wait til May!
This is Wonderful!!!!
Thank you sis! God bless you as you journey into marriage TOMORROW!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! LOL! My love and prayers to you and Bruce 🙂
congratulations to u oMOWuNMi….if am invited i cant wait to come celebrate ur wonderful day with u and ur hubby…congrates
LOL! Of course you’re invited sweetheart. Inbox me your address on Facebook. And thank you so much 🙂
You are a role model to soo many people including me although we might not show it in words, deep down our hearts you’ve earned a special place. God bless you for your faith and your consistent effort to remind us of how we matter to God. As you say bye-bye to single hood … Ooooooh single hood!!! mehn, I love you, sister and will miss you dearly.