Daily Archives: May 6, 2010

Numbers 14; Psalm 50; Isaiah 3,4; Hebrews 11

Hebrews 1:1 says “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”  (NLT)

It was December 1987.  Jeff and I had been dating for just five months but we knew without a shadow of a doubt that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.  Jeff had received my parents’ permission, we had reserved the reception hall, I had chosen my wedding gown.  All that remained was the proposal and the ring.  I knew it was coming but I didn’t know when.  My birthday had come and gone without a proposal.  Thanksgiving break had passed and still no ring.  I knew without a doubt the ring was coming but the exact timing and circumstances were out of my control.

As I think about engagements or birthdays or any other much-anticipated day in my life, it strikes me that my faith in God should be much the same:  a wonderful and mysterious combination of assurance and anticipation.  Just as I knew that Jeff was going to propose and never doubted that he would follow through, I can also be assured of God’s constant work in my life, of his saving grace and unfailing love, of his goodness and faithfulness, regardless of life’s circumstances.

And just as I eagerly anticipated my engagement because I was sure of Jeff’s love and devotion for me, I can also be assured of God’s goodness and love and can eagerly anticipate whatever may lie ahead in His perfect plan for me.  I knew Jeff would keep his word, and I was eager to get on with our future together.  In the same way, because I have been blessed to experience God’s love and faithfulness in the past, I can joyfully anticipate whatever the future holds.

Jeff proposed to me on Christmas eve 1987 and gave me a beautiful diamond engagement ring.  We have been happily married for almost 22 years.  It is my daily prayer that I will consciously choose to rest in the surety of God’s promises and will anticipate with hope all He has in store for me.

Jen, guest blogger

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