Sure enough, I've been dealing with the old "singleness depression" that comes back to haunt me every month or two. In fact, Saturday night, I was up late praying about how I'm tired of not dating--ever. I'm tired of having had a solid 24 year dateless streak. Even most of the ones who claim to have never had a significant other generally have gone a few dates or have had one of those awkward elementary/middle school hand-holding "boy/girlfriends." Me, not even that. So after whining about that on Saturday night, I go to church Sunday morning, and guess what the sermon contained? A point on God's timing. In face, Rich came out and said almost word-for-word the thoughts that had been going through my mind the night before. "Some of you are tired of waiting. You want to get married now, but you're not even in a relationship. Maybe you aren't even dating."
Amazing, isn't it? It's like God was reminding me that He really does listen to and care about my longings. He's not just shrugging it all off until He's good and ready to let me find Mr. Right. There is a reason that I'm single now and have been all my life. He's got a purpose, but that doesn't mean He doesn't understand my frustrations or my loneliness. He understands more than I do, and He knows how hollow the words "wait on God's timing" sound at this point in my life. Yes, they do still sound hollow, even when it's apparently a message directly from God in response to my prayer. I understand that I have to wait and that there is a good reason for the delay; that, however, does not detract from the loneliness. It's there, and there it will remain (in varying degrees, depending on my moods (and hormones, if I'm really honest)) until the time is right. It hurts, and God understands that. He's not just ignoring my pain or expecting me to forget about those feelings. But He does ask me to trust Him, lean on Him, and curb my anger.
I have not been forgotten.