I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell. ~ Belle
About 4 or 5 Christmases ago my sister bought me My Upmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It’s a daily devotional that I have yet to read fully because I’m the worst at being consistent. I identify well with the dogs from Up who get distracted by a squirrel every 5 seconds.
However, somehow every October 21 I manage to pick it up and read the following:
…it does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours of every day as a saint, going through drudgery, and living an ordinary, unnoticed, and ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God–but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people–and this is not learned in five minutes.
That gets me every time because, like Belle (squirrel-my favorite Disney princess), I crave adventure. And while I do believe that God has definitely not called us to a boring life; he has called us to live consistently–which for me, can sometimes feel boring. While I was searching for the above quote, look what else I found:
A life of faith is not a life of one glorious mountaintop experience after another, like soaring on eagles’ wings, but is a life of day-in and day-out consistency; a life of walking without fainting (see Isaiah 40:31).
I know you’re thinking, “Hey, Sarah, what the heck does this have to do with singleness?” One more Chambers’ quote to bring it all together.
We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring.
We have to choose to look past the commonplace of everyday life to discover the joy God has for us in living consistently, faithfully.
I believe it has become commonplace in our church culture to make singleness out to be subpar compared to marriage. Almost like it’s a disease that we feel embarrassed to have and that can only be cured by saying, “I do.” But Scripture says an undivided heart is a beautiful gift whether it be for a season or a lifetime.
I personally have told God I’d rather it be for a season because I do long to be married one day. But whether or not my singleness ends when I walk down an aisle in a white dress or finally see my Savior face to face, I want to steward the gift God has given me faithfully. And encourage others to do the same!
I believe it has become commonplace to believe that life starts once you finally find the perfect person with whom to share it. Besides the fact that no perfect person exists, God does not desire for you to waste this beautiful time of freedom He’s giving you. He desires that you live boldly and bravely in the midst of the waiting!
It’s easy to choose to sit around twiddling our thumbs waiting for Mr. Right to come along–all the while lamenting that all of my friends are getting married–when will it be my turn?! But it’s not fulfilling. Trust me–I know because it’s how I’ve lived most of my life.
When you are by God’s grace faithfully following him unnoticed by a world busy looking for the next big thing, it’s hard to continue to trust that God has a purpose for all the seemingly ordinary days of waiting and longing.
But adventure is out there if we choose to see it. Our lives are never truly commonplace because when we look to God for the grace and strength to “be exceptional in the ordinary things of life,” he produces inspiring stories for his glory. Stories that when completed, will be filled with the uncommon beauty of lives lived day-in and day-out devoted to Jesus.
Guys, I’m preaching to myself more than anyone in this. I long to be married one day, and some days it’s just downright hard trusting that God has a purpose for all this waiting.
So, my main purpose for this blog is twofold: For me to preach to myself and encourage anyone God chooses to lead to this blog that singleness can be a grand adventure if we learn to trust and follow God with our whole heart.