Thursday, October 06, 2005

Pre-posting

I am pre-posting for Friday since I will not be here to share with you what is the kpinion of the day.

With all the talk this week the document below seemed very appropriate. I hope it encourages you single folks out there (me included) and also confirms for the married ones just how great our Lord is in His provision.



Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone, to have a deep soul relationship with another. But God to a Christian says, “No, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled, and content with being loved by me, with giving yourself totally and unreservedly to me, to having an intensely personal and unique relationship with me alone. Discovering that only in me is your satisfaction to be found, will you be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you when you are united with me exclusively of anyone or anything else.
I want you to stop planning, stop wishing and allow me to give you the most thrilling plan existing – one that you cannot imagine. I want you to have the best. Please allow me to bring it to you; you just keep watching me, expecting the greatest things. Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am. Keep listening and learning on the things I tell you. You just wait. That’s all. Don’t be anxious. Don’t worry. Don’t look around at the things other have gotten of that I have given them. Don’t look at the things you think you want. You just keep looking off and away up to me, or you’ll miss what I want to show you.
And when you are ready, I’ll surprise you with a love more wonderful than any you would dream. You’ll see, wait until you are ready. I am working even at this moment to have both of you ready at the same time. Until you are both satisfied exclusively with me and the life I’ve prepared for you.
You want to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with me, and is thus the perfect love. And dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love. I want you to see in the flash of a picture your relationship with me, and enjoy materially and concretely the everlasting union of beauty perfected and love that I offer you.
Believe and be satisfied.”
This was given to me by a sweet friend recently and I have read it many times before. It always gives me peace to know that God is perfect in His timing and in the showering of His blessings.
Happy Friday everyone.
Feel free to comment, I would love to return to TONS of comments :)

12 Comments:

Blogger Broken Messenger said...

Awesome stuff, Katie. Thank you. Enjoy your weekend.

Brad

10/06/2005 5:11 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

So, my question is... are you? I know you believe, but are you satisfied? Are you content with where God has you?

10/06/2005 7:46 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Don't mean to put you on the spot... just keepin' it real. ;)

10/06/2005 7:48 PM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

Katie. This applies even to Rob and me and our deep desire to be parents. This is so right on and I am on the verge of tears, that God is so amazing.


tnumtui - tsunami?

10/06/2005 7:58 PM  
Blogger Sydney said...

True contentment..... I struggle with this sometimes while trying to live in this world. We are tempted everyday to take our eyes of him. Good Post.

10/06/2005 10:12 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

That is an interesting post.

It does seem over the top, though.

I am very attracted to my wife, and I enjoy very much spending time with her. We have bonded emotionally. However, I would not go so far as to say that I will ever be "capable of the perfect human relationship." And I don't know about not wishing either.

In one of your recent posts, you spelled out how God deliberately gave Adam a desire so that He could fill it with Eve.

If the word 'human' there is meant to moderate the word 'perfection', then it can be close to what God will provide. However, for most of us, marriage and other close relationships wind up being the best for us because they are so painful in both directions.

When I hurt my wife, I see the visceral and immediate consequence of sin, in the same way that one might see the immediate effects on a close friend. This is very painful for me, but one of the most effective tools in God's belt for creating the brokenness He needs in order to reshape what I keep making of myself.

When my wife is hurt by me, she has the opportunity show her mettle; to respond to Christ and exhibit grace and bear fruit from the Spirit (which she has done many times in the last 2 1/2 years). She also has the priviledge to participate with God in the disciplining and refining of one of His precious children.

I am not trying to rain on your parade, it is just that these kind of sentiments seem a little dangerous to me. They are comforting and pleasant, but they don't always seem grounded or useful for correcting, rebuking, or training in righteousness.

I hope that I have made a comment that seems like wisdom to me acceptable to you. Please let me know if you are offended by the way I have communicated.

I am also open to the fact that I could be wrong, and I enjoy discussing these things, if you are also interested in that type of exchange on your blog.

See you next time,
pjncpv Pajamas Need Captain Veritas

10/06/2005 10:38 PM  
Blogger Luke said...

This post and Eric's comment made me think of God's reasons for marriage. I could think of three off the top of my head.

1. God saw it was not good for man to be alone. He created marriage for companionship.

2. To model the relationship between Christ and the Church. Ephesians 5:21-33

3. To raise up Godly children for the kingdom of God.

While all these things are beautiful in their design and can be wonderful blessings, because of our sin nature they will not be perfect.

No relationship here on earth will perfectly model Christ's relationship with the church because fleshly man cannot have the perfect love that Christ has.(Although what a thing to strive for!! 1 John 4:17)

“No, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled, and content with being loved by me, with giving yourself totally and unreservedly to me, to having an intensely personal and unique relationship with me alone. Discovering that only in me is your satisfaction to be found, will you be capable of the perfect human relationship..."

I think this part is a great example...will we ever here on this earth be able to give ourselves "totally and unreservedly" to Christ? And if not, well we ever be capable of the perfect human relationship?

I DO NOT want to sound as though we shouldn't try, because we should. That's what we're called to do. Isn't that was sanctification is? A continual becoming more like Christ.

There was only one man capable of having the perfect human relationship.

In closing: This essay, in summary, seems to be saying. Focus first on a consuming relationship with Christ and put that before everything else in your life and to that I say amen.

bznitvga

10/07/2005 8:39 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Katie
I loved that poem when I was single. It was such a comfort. Thanks for the reminder.

Holly

10/07/2005 9:44 AM  
Blogger Amstaff Mom said...

How true the poem is. We need so much to realize that only true contentment, true fullfillment, and true satisfaction can be attained only through Christ. Like the fellas said, we need to realize that even in the "perfect" mate, we will not have these things. We do however, receive a portion of them, and it is truly a wonderful blessing.
I took me awhile to realize this, that Christ's love is the only one that will meet all my needs. So, I am the bride of my husband, and the bride of Christ, both of them granted to me by a truly awesome God.

10/07/2005 9:59 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Katie-

How wonderfully promising this is! I do concur with the guys on this one: no earthly relationship will be perfect, on account that our sin nature will ALWAYS get in the way. However, I plan to strive for the closest thing to perfection, because if I'm always striving to be Christ-like and, and striving for a closer relationship with my Father, then I should accept no less in my future mate, right? He'll be Godly, humble, and constantly desiring know God more (just to name a few :). And hopefully in "striving", I'll find a solid, Godly (yet still imperfect) relationship, that hopefully, will closely model the relationship that God called us to within marriage.

10/07/2005 10:23 AM  
Blogger Eddo said...

Um.... KT, where are you?

10/07/2005 10:29 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

I agree with you, Luke...right on, and I did go back and read the post again, and it does emphasize the creation and maintenance of a relationship with God as the main thing, which is totally right on.

I do not want to suggest that anyone should lower their standards or ask for less of themselves or those they are in community with. I also do not want to pretend that relationships will be neat, clean, and comfortable. All my relationships get dirty and hard from time to time, regardless of how hard I try to keep them up.

I do agree that God's way of providing through marriage is magnificent, but I wanted to finish the thought. The letter says how good things will be, and how wonderful you will feel, and maybe I didn't clearly enough state how true that is sometimes, and how grateful I am to have the good times. At the same time, I want to be sure to be wise and understanding, prepared for the hurt, and ready to act out of grace and gratefulness to it. I must always remember that pain is coming so that I can be grateful when it is my turn to hurt, instead of bitter that it is not comfortable.

10/07/2005 11:30 AM  

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