I am probably one of the most romantic people you will ever meet. A friend of mine might fight for his place in that category, but no…honestly…me, right here! I am the most romantic girl on the block. I’m sure a lot of you girls think that you are the most romantic, but I’m sorry…that seat of honor is mine. :)
Because of having such a romantic inclination, I found myself having a hard time keeping my thoughts and emotions pure at one time in my life. It’s not that I would check out every guy that I met, but…without even really wanting to, I would start to imagine a romantic relationship with them. I didn’t want to think of it as a ‘bad’ thing (but deep down inside, I knew it wasn’t good), and sometimes I argued that ‘I couldn’t help myself’ and that ‘other girls probably did the same thing’. Those were just lame excuses for trying to let myself get my own way…and it was wrong. I didn’t want to admit it at first, but, I finally did.
What I had been doing was wrong.
But how do I keep myself from having all these romantic thoughts, LORD? I want to be loved. I want to have a boyfriend. All my peers have boyfriends! I even have some friends who are married – some who are even starting families of their own! I want to be the girl who is holding the hand of a good-looking guy. I want to be the girl some hunk gives his sweater to when she’s cold. I want to be the girl that that strikingly handsome guy is saying all those sweet things to, and whispering in her hair.
And how did God reply? Wait on Me, my daughter. No! I cried out defiantly. It’s too hard to wait. Wait for what? For me to grow into some old maid? To be the last daughter that leaves home? To see all my friends get married to the love of their life, but for me not to have even met mine? The most romantic girl on the block had slowly turned into a defiant brat. And there is an explanation for that...
Every human being – male or female – is depraved. We are full of worldly sin…and the only way to be freed from that is through Jesus. I was too proud to repent, though. I wanted to be loved, to get married young, and to start a family right off. Family and friends were saying things like, ‘Oh, Raquel, you’re so young! The right guy will come along just when God wants him to.’
I was getting tired of hearing that…But I knew that they were right. Suddenly, I found myself on a journey. A journey that God Himself had written out for my life. At just the moment that He wanted me to travel down this road, I found myself caught up in an immense realization. It was a path of repentance…a path of forgiveness…and a path of patience. God showed me how wrong I had been, how selfish my desires were, and that I needed to repent of how I had been acting. When I did, He gently forgave me. He gave me a clean spirit and pure heart. And from that day forward, He helped me view my guy friends as, not potential suitors, but as brothers in the LORD.
God showed me that I needed to hand the pen of my love story over to Him. To let Him write out my romance, because…after all, friends…He is the greatest romance Author of ALL-TIME! He showed me that yes, many of my peers were courting/dating, getting married, having babies…but at the same time, there were so many of them who weren’t. There were so many who were waiting (along with me!) for the one God chose for them...(ready for this?)…before the foundation of the world!! God taught me more about patience in that one little moment, than I had learned in my lifetime.
God showed me one more thing too. He showed me that I can still be the most romantic girl on the block. And you know how? By thinking of my romantic thoughts of my romantic Heavenly Husband. My ultimate Prince. My Knight-in-Shining-Armor. Friends, who is the most romantic Person of all?
The One who looked down from heaven and saw that the man He had made was lonely. And that was the first instant that God saw something ‘wrong’ with His creation. So out of that man, He formed a female version of him. And Adam called her ‘woman’ and named her ‘Eve’.
The One who used a servant to find a wife for Isaac. The servant prayed for a specific sign that a certain girl would be the right one, and God sent her to him.
The One who gave Jacob the strength to work 7 years for his bride. And when he was deceived into marrying her sister, to work another 7 years for his true love.
The One whose sovereignty let Ruth’s first husband die…only to lead her from her homeland, into a foreign country, where she met her future husband, Boaz.
The One who showed Joseph that the child Mary bore was of the Holy Spirit and that he should still take her to wife.
That same One has a plan for your future – for your future spouse. That same One chose that future significant other for you, before He created the world. That One is asking you to let Him take the pen of your love story from your human hand and let Him write one with His sovereign hand.
Are you tired of trying to find the right one for yourself? Tired of getting hurt by relationship after relationship and still not finding the right one? Friends, give the pen of your love story to God. I promise you that He will write one beyond your wildest imagination! Beyond your most romantic dream! Beyond any Cinderella story that any human being could pen!
And just in closing…I hope and pray that this article has inspired you…and now, you may suddenly realize that all I wrote above makes perfect sense…and at this moment, you may be handing over the pen of your love story to the Ultimate Romance…but, just for your info... I’m still the most romantic girl on the block. ;)
Miss Raquel blogs at God’s Daughter where she loves to share about her journey with God, her photography, fun and random posts, and things she loves. Such as…riding and working with horses, spending time with friends, writing (she has recently finished her first novel and has sent it to a publisher!), reading, meeting new people, hanging out with friends and listening to love stories. She’d love it if you visited! Be sure to let her know you stopped by signing her guestbook. OR you can e-mail her at: email@example.com