Dear Single (And, Non-Single) Friend,
Before I share new thoughts from my heart, I want to reflect on a couple thoughts that I had written about a few months ago in Part 1 of this Series: Dear Single( And, Non-Single) Friend.
This season of singleness has been an undeniable gift from God, a treasure that I have come to deeply love, a season of complete devotion to my King, a season of falling head over heels in love with Jesus. (not to say that such a devotion will change with “relationship status” but to speak to the fact that as single adults, we have more time on hand to devote to prayer, study, and ministry.)
You see, my identity and your identity is not found in a relationship status: single, dating or married. Our identity is solely rooted in Jesus Christ. Our identity is the new life that has been given to us when we chose to take on the new name of Jesus.
Now, we have all been there: we have tossed and turned in the night with a dis-satisfied spirit, a complete void that leaves us restless. We can be quick to fill that sense of void with other things, just as our world has done, just as our world is doing now, as they search for that which can be only be found in Jesus: a deep satisfaction from a well from which we shall never thirst again.
We can only become satisfied when that void is filled with the very thing from which it was created for, the deep waters of His love, waters that will never run dry. Those waters that sustained Abraham and Moses are the very same waters that will sustain you and I today. Nothing else will fill that void. Nothing.
Now, I will be quick to note that, of course, there are moments where singleness brings difficulties, but so does marriage. As long as we are on earth, there will be struggles.
As a single young adult, living on my own, far from family, facing financial difficulty(as every young person both single and married faces), I am learning what it means to depend and trust in Jesus in a whole new way.
In college, God produced a deep faith within that allowed me to discover that He is not only provider, but that He is MY provider. I have found myself having to learn this once again. For it is so easy to look at the bank account and,after calculating the numbers, feel discouraged and anxious. Instead, I echo the leaders that God has graciously placed in my life who remind us that you can never out give God: in your time, your talent, and your treasures. God WILL always 100% take care of you.
This is God’s promise.
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Matthew 6:26 (NKJV)
“If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?”
Luke 12:28 (MSG)
As a daughter or son of the King that has chosen to make that daily choice to choose Him and spend time with Him through prayer and reading the Word of God, the choice to make Jesus preeminent in your life, your roots will become deeper, roots that drink from the water from which Jesus spoke of.
Dear Single(and, non Single friend), God is calling us into a place of deeper faith, a faith that truly believes that God will provide our daily manna, a faith that believes when we speak the name of Jesus, it will be so, a faith that knows and believes that our God is a God of the impossible. God is beckoning you and I to pray bold prayers and to recognize that we are NOT ALONE.
A couple weeks ago, during prayer, God gave me a vision and a word. The vision was a vision that I had a few years ago, and God resurfaced the vision to remind me that what it is that we, as the church, single and married, young and old, are stepping into.
In the vision, there were many fields, and in those fields, there were harvesters. A few years ago when God had first given me this vision, producing the harvest was a difficult task. There was much toil. However, this time around, the vision was different. There were many harvesters, harvesting each rows with ease, row by row by row, well into the setting sun.
God placed this in my spirit: People are so hungry for Jesus. The church has been in a season of preparation, but NOW is the time of the harvest. I know we have heard these words before, but I truly believe that we are stepping into a place, a place where our world has been running on void for too long and is looking for the harvest that will bring life into the dead winter.
Just as God takes care of each of our individual needs and is providing for each of us, He is going to take care of the church and supply the resources we need to produce the best harvest that we have ever seen. Dear Single (And, non single) friend, are you ready?
As we continue to place our identity and all that we are in Jesus Christ, I believe that we are going to see the greatest harvest in the church, the greatest harvest that we have ever seen.