About this time last summer I had had enough of being single. I was over it entirely. I had reached a point of just utter uncomfortableness with the thought of one more weekend of Lifetime movies and chocolate (cause that’s how everyone else things we single ladies spend our weekends).
So I joined the lovely world of online dating. Along with heavy-framed glasses and scooters, it’s the trendy thing to do here in Nashville if you’re single. So I gave myself three months, and invested in an account on Match. I went full force into it too, giving everyone a shot at a conversation, but being careful about what I revealed. For a few weeks it was fun, and I agreed to dates with two guys who both seemed interesting.
Cue a conversation in the small group I was in at the time where we delved into our online lives. Two of us were sharing we’d gotten into online dating and both had upcoming “meet-ups” that weekend. As she and I start sharing, we figure out that we have a date, on the same day, with the same guy. Laughs ensued and she and I discussed the matter privately. We came to an agreement and that was that.
After three months in online dating, I really couldn’t see a future for me in it any further. I kept seeing the same matches come up that really didn’t interest me, as well as some creeper guys that just couldn’t take a hint. I went into the fall with a different perspective on dating, and my singleness.
Now I see how much I struggle with giving God control of things. Over those months prior to me joining online dating He’d been trying to reveal to me in very distinct ways how I needed to let go and allow Him to be at work, but I just couldn’t see it. I didn’t think He knew what it felt like to be alone, with the thought of dying alone…and then it hit me.
He knew exactly what it meant, He knew the fear and the heartbreak, because He’d suffered it as well. He wanted to comfort me, to give that so that I would then extend it to those who need it as well. He had been there, and He knew I was there…I just didn’t want to acknowledge that I was to Him and allow Him to be my comfort.
What is it today that you are needing to recognize you are struggling with? What are you needing comfort in?
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts usin all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5