Many years ago I learned a phrase that has stayed with me through to today. The phrase is: “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” I could not remember where I picked up that phrase until just recently.
In 1978, my daughter and I had just returned from living 8 years in Germany. Many changes had taken place in my life during this time. Not all of them were optimum. My marriage ended two years after we moved to Germany. My walk with the Lord weakened. I got caught up in the world; the excitement of travel; meeting people from all walks of life; my work; continuing my education a little at a time through college/university extension courses; and, living life!
I also started learning a lot about myself during this time. As my life experiences continued to unfold, I began realizing that there must be something more significant for me to explore… something with real depth and meaning… something that would be more solid… something with purpose! I really had no idea what that might be. But, at the end of those 8 years, I knew it was time to return to the country of my birth. And… it was time to bring my daughter back home.
My homecoming was pleasant and sweet — even though I was in complete culture-shock! The country of my birth had changed a lot and I felt lost — almost as if I was in unfamiliar territory. Well… I was! Duh! The details of getting regrouped and settled soon took over and I knew inside that I was “back home” for a reason. Again – I really had no idea what that might be. It was difficult for my daughter and me, but, I knew deep inside this was where we were supposed to be.
Some high school classmates invited my daughter and me to attend church with them. We were reluctant to go. Church attendance had been mostly just that for me growing up. I accepted Jesus as my Savior as a child, but, there was so much I didn’t understand. I didn’t fully know Him. My parents and some other relatives were also attending the same church as my friends. So – we made everyone happy with our compliance! Little did I know that I was about to meet Jesus head-on! Wow! I still remember it all very clearly and I am grateful to this day to say the very least! My daughter loved Sunday school as a little girl. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at a church youth retreat soon after our return.
Long-story-short… I was having a conversation with the Lord one afternoon about my life and my current status of being a single mom. I had heard this phrase about “leaving the choice with Him” and I had begun to realize how important it was to include God in my decision-making-activities. So – I was explaining to Him that it was OK if I was supposed to remain single, but, I would need His help; that He would need to help me raise my daughter… and… He would definitely need to keep me busy! I heard laughter at that moment and I’m sure it was Him.
My conversation with the Lord continued. I just wanted to cover all the bases. I explained to Him that, if there was someone for me… “here’s what I would like him to be”…! The Word encourages us to ask Him and I was ready to do just that. I began to describe the man I would like in my life. The details were many and very specific indeed. Tall and thin; love music; Christian background; family man; good provider; to include color of eyes and hair, etc., etc., etc. … you know… my very own Prince Charming! The ball was now in the Lord’s court. I really felt quite comfortable with our conversation that day. It basically was just me talking to Him, but, I didn’t dwell on it and I actually felt peaceful – single or not.
To be continued…………………………………
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