Have you ever prayed what you felt was an absolutely absurd, ridiculous prayer?
Even as you’re praying, you just feel dumb even praying the words.
I have done that a couple of times recently.
The holiday season is upon us. And Hallmark movies are constantly being showed about everyone finding their one true love in just the nick of time. And I love every single one of them. I truly do.
Not because I believe that they’re true to life stories. Or because I want a storybook ending.
But each and every one gives hope in situations where we can often feel hopeless.
Point of clarity: I am not blaming Hallmark, or their wonderful Christmas movies for what I’m about to tell you.
But it’s the holiday season. A time where we all spend somewhere between too much and not enough time with our family members. And it can be tough when you’re the single one in the family.
I decided a while back that I was going to wait until God brought the perfect for me person into my life.
God’s taking a really long time about that.
Like, a REALLY long time.
A frustratingly long and ridiculous amount of time.
I’m being a brat about it. Because, once again, I’m spending the holidays single. No, that’s not it. I’m being a brat because I’m trying to fit God’s plan into my plan. I’m trying to pull back control on a situation that I already turned over to God.
And because I was trying to take charge, I almost made a stupid decision. Ok, in my lifetime of stupid decisions, by far, not the worst of the stupid decisions.
I almost signed up for online dating.
Because I was lonely.
And because I’m frustrated.
And I feel like God isn’t moving in the ways that I want Him to move.
Because that’s not what God does.
And even though I know all of these things. I still almost made a stupid decision. So I prayed. I prayed for God to help keep me from making a stupid decision. And to remind myself that I’m really not the one in charge anyway.
I’m not saying that I’m 100% of the way there. But at least I acknowledge that I almost did a stupid thing.
That’s progress, right?