Dating and Toddlers

"Nooooooooooooooo!" was the shrieky two-year old voice that I heard a few store aisles over.  I made the cringy face as my ears were assaulted by these less-than-melodious strains.  "Wow," I thought, "that kid needs some correction." And at the same time, I empathized with the mom, because every parent has had a shrieky kid in public at some point in time. 

Speaking of being in public, it is no secret that I have had my share of online dating adventures and I have chronicled many of them on the Online Dating Diary here on the Flying Pants.  I have even had several terse conversations with God about my singleness plight.  I'm seldom satisfied with how it's going for me.  I may make fun of it, but I really am not super happy about it.  But here's something only a few know:  I am a TERRIBLE chooser of men.  Regardless of how great they may seem to be in the beginning, they eventually reveal the glaring character flaws that preclude a healthy dating relationship.

So I need to let the God of the Universe that created me bring Mr. Amazing to me.  But I'm not hip to waiting and thus the conversations where I am unsatisfied.

But this last week, I had a game changer revealed to me.

I realized I am that shrieky kid that makes people cringe.  I have been so incredibly unthankful to my Heavenly Father for being my Shield and my Protector.  Up until that moment when I realized how fortunate I am, I have never once thanked God for being my protection from poor dating choices.  He has been so gracious to keep me from dating men that I now see as terrible choices that would not have increased my love and relationship with Jesus Christ. 

So instead, I am now being thankful for having a shield and a protector from harmful things to my life.  And my perspective on dating is changed too-- I'm now protected from the emotional trauma that comes from rocky and over-dramatic dating.  I am willing to wait for what God knows is the desire of my heart. 

Psalm 28:7 (ESV) -- The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him. 

Or

Psalm 28:7 (Terri Brown version) I'm going to be thankful that God is my help and my shield; I can trust him to know my heart, and bring me those desires at the right time.  But you better know I'll be doing my happy dance on that day!!!

Be encouraged.  God is a loving father that withholds no good thing.

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