I have a confession to make – I’ve always secretly wanted my marriage someday to look like the teamwork in the picture. Cheesy? Maybe a little. 🙂 But my greatest heart’s desire for marriage is teamwork in ministry. I want to be in the battle trenches with my husband fighting for the Kingdom. And I don’t just want to load his gun from the sidelines, I want to be there firing my own. Fighting together for God’s glory.
Perhaps my greatest heartache over the years has been coming home to a quiet house and wanting to shout “look what God did today!” or coming home exhausted in tears, heartbroken over the pain I’ve encounter in others stories. It’s those nights I need to cry and be reminded that I am not their Savior.
It was one of those broken nights where the Lord reminded me that He was MY Savior. In the quietness of my lonely tears, longing for someone to share the burdens and victories with, the Spirit whispered that He was there. I could tell Him about the love and pain in my day. I began telling the Lord about my day, not just asking Him to do things in my day. Intimacy is built through conversation – not check lists. (Read more on intimacy with the Lord here).
The shift was subtle friends, but it was huge. In charting a long distance course of ship, a small angle in the beginning becomes a 100-mile shift.
My angle began to change as I allowed the Lord to provide covering fire for me. I no longer felt completely alone in the trenches. And I think this is why, in large, I don’t feel acutely aware that I am single most of the time. Of course society is constantly reminding me I’m single, and I have rainy days like the next person, but the Lord has never once abandoned me to battle life alone.
Friends, this is the truth of the Gospel in singleness – the Gospel.
He has not forsaken us.
His yoke is easy, and His burden light.
He is our Savior, friend, provider and protector.
He fights for us and along side us.
His faithfulness is as strong as the night’s covenant to the day (Jer 33).
His mercies are new every morning (And sometimes that includes coffee! Hello 🙂 )
He is our shepherd.
Have you ever thought about what it is like for the Lord to your shepherd? We can all quote the psalm but I was oblivious for years as to what it meant for Him to be my shepherd (or as Peter puts it – the shepherd and overseer of my soul).
The Lord over sees my soul! He takes care of it. He’s the rest for the weary, and joy is already from Him. He leads me by quiet waters, and restores my soul. Walks with the Lord just enjoying the beauty of nature, or sitting by a stream seriously restore my soul. Or sitting in a coffee shop with a book.
What brings peace and rest to your soul? That thing? It’s the Lord’s gift to you. His way of giving you grace so He can restore your soul! The Lord providing covering fire for you, so you can reload to deal with life.
While some days I still wish for a physical man to be in a team with, a man is only one way the Lord can bless us. While a husband may offer protection and provision, the Lord IS our protection and provision and sometimes He chooses to channel that protection and provision in part through a guy. But it’s not the only way He provides.
Teamwork – the Lord is a gentleman providing covering fire.
“Teamwork“ is a part of the “Today’s The Day: Being Single and Fully Alive” a 31 Days Series. To read more from this series please click here.