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Topic: Patience (08/21/08)
TITLE: Will He Ever Come?
By Jennifer Langley
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She was satisfied with coming home, and was glad to be, but she felt something missing. Her brother and sister had gotten married, and now her younger sister had a boyfriend. She was glad for them, but she felt that she wanted to have a part in it to.
All her life she had wanted to get married, but now that she was twenty-five, the possibility of getting married well, was certainly not good. She tried to be patient, but she felt herself inwardly complaining, and wishing for things that she couldnít have.
Her family and her had switched churches, and now went to a church where no young men her age went. It was all little kids and teens, and of course older married adults.
She didnít show any dissatisfaction with her situation in life, but when she thought about it, she grew sad. Life seemed to be standing still, while all of her friendís lives seemed to be going well, with new fiancťs and babies.
Everyday was the same, everyday was monotonous, and her walks that she used to take, seemed to be no longer refreshing.
One early morning, she opened up her Bible. She read through some of the stories of the Godly young women of the Bible. Sarah, Abrahamís wife. She had asked for a son, but she was not blessed with one till she was nearly one hundred. Elizabeth, she had also asked for a son, and he was not given to her till she was old. And both of these stories all came out with something, God had rewarded their patience, with exactly what they had both prayed for.
Jenny thought and prayed, God, you know how impatient I have been lately, waiting for some young man to come along, so that I can get married. You know how long I have wanted to Lord. It seems like my patience is really being tested. Lord, I will submit to youíre will, and will wait for as long as it takes.
Day after day she prayed this prayer, asking for Godís wisdom, and asking for help to be patient. Two years later, she found herself in the same situation, still single, and still waiting. Her younger sister was married now, and her brother had a son now.
She looked in the mirror day after day, wondering if it was her looks. Or the fact that she didnít go anywhere much. She didnít know what to do; she hadnít talked about it to anyone, not even her mom.
Patience was becoming less and less of a virtue. At night she would cry into her pillow, and ask God to please bring someone along! Sometimes it felt as if she just wanted to run away, go somewhere different. See new places, meet new people. She was tired of the old faces.
So she left, and visited Paris, France, and Italy. And stayed there for a while. She found herself enjoying the scenery, the people, and the overall newness of everything. She stayed there for six months, more dissatisfied than before. Still the Lord had not answered her prayer for a husband, and she had so hoped that new faces and people would change that.
So she went home, and told all to her mother. Her mother understood, and together they prayed for a husband for Jenny. One week later after coming home, Jenny got a letter in the mail. It was an invitation from her good friend, Mary, to come visit her in Oregon.
Jenny eagerly accepted the invitation, and went to Oregon. She enjoyed herself, and found that she was doing better, she was in the Bible more, and Godís word gave her hope. Maybe she was doing the right thing this time.
After a week of staying at Maryís house, Maryís brother came to visit. He was handsome, and very godly. Jenny found herself comparing her name next to his, and thinking of him more than she thought she should.
One night as she lay in bed, the darkness surrounding her. She prayed, Lord, youíre will be done, if David is the right man for me, then so be it.
The next day David proposed to Jenny. She praised God for his lesson to her in patience!!
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