I WAS HOPING FOR A DIAMOND!
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You know the story~
and if you’re new here and you don’t know it, I’ll share it with you next week~
but I didn’t want to date my husband.
In fact, I hid from him so he couldn’t ask me out.
Once I got to know him though, WOW!~ I was pretty sure I was in love with him only a few weeks in.
Suddenly joy filled my heart. I woke up happy, my thoughts were always on him. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life
And even though it had only been a month, I secretly hoped that he would ask me to marry him at Christmas. If a proposal didn’t come I decided it would be okay, as long as he gave me some hope
(and maybe a little jewelry 😏)
that he saw our future together.
My hope did not.
He was so excited to give me my present, which made me excited to receive it,
until I opened it.
I tried to act happy, but my heart dropped.
I think my jaw dropped too.
He got me a stuffed animal.
A large Snoopy dressed in camo.
At the time my husband liked the character Snoopy, and he quite often dressed in camo. (I know, you’re wondering how I ever ended up marrying this man 😉)
He was so pleased with his gift.
He thought it would remind me of him.
Pretty sure a diamond would’ve reminded me of him a lot more. 😂
I wasn’t pleased.
It wasn’t anything I hoped for.
Did I break up with him? No. Did I complain and throw a fit and act ungrateful? No. Man, I loved him so much. SO MUCH!
And it’s true, every day that Snoopy reminded me of him and as time went on it always made me smile.
At times we all can be that way with God.
We want to spend every minute with Him. He brings joy and happiness and meaning to our lives. Life is good.
Until he doesn’t give us what we want.
We have a hope. A hope for an answered prayer. Perhaps a hope for a hurting heart. We pray and pray and when God answers, or doesn’t answer, and it’s not what we hoped for~
We get mad. We blame God. We get upset. We cry and complain.
Sometimes we even stop praying.
In our desperation, we give up that hope.
And all the while God is saying,~
I am here and I will answer~ but in my perfect timing, in my perfect way. If you knew the plans I had for you, you wouldn’t lose hope. I’m so excited to share this with you. Trust me. I love you deeply. I love you more than you could ever know, so much so that I gave you the gift of my only beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.
My love is a love you can’t fully fathom and because of that powerful love, my plans are what are best.
I ended up marrying that guy. Eventually a ring popped up and the question was asked. No it wasn’t when I had hoped for but man am I happy as I look back on the process. It always reminds me of how good God is and it always makes me smile.
Don’t be impatient with God. Rest all your hopes and dreams in Him. He will never, ever disappoint because there is no one that can love you more.
He already knows your future. His word is more precious than gold and gives us hope to cling to. Psalm 119:127, Psalm 19:8-10.
Right now that future might seem camouflaged and your life might feel stuffed with so many unwanted things~
But one day....
The eyes of your understanding will be opened and you will know what is the hope of His calling and the riches of the glory of His inheritance. You will know the exceeding greatness of His power to us who believe and you will continue to hope, knowing~
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.”
Ephesians 1:18-19, 1 Corinthians 2:9
Rest all hope in that powerful love.