Monday, November 23, 2009

Answer to Trivia Question

Oh my goodness! I am so sorry it has taken me so long to post this. You wouldn't be able to imagine how busy we've been! Okay, so here we go.

The trivia question was:
Which epidemic is causing more casualties this year than the swine flu?

The answer...

is....

shall I tell you......

I suppose....

since I said I would.....

I should.....

It's called the L1M1 flu. In other words, the Love One/Marry One flu; in other words, the Romance flu. In other words, has it occurred to you that there is a shocking amount of marriages/courtships/dating relationships going on??? Amanda and I were discussing how we can't even count on our fingers all the people who have gotten married this year, or engaged, or dating. It's crazy! One of my closest friends just got married in March. Two of my babysitters from when I was little got married this summer. Another friend now has a boyfriend. Then, one of my favorite cousins and longest-time friends has a girl he is "talking with". One of my childhood crushes has a girlfriend.

It's crazy!!

A couple times, I have allowed it to get to me. "What about me? Why doesn't someone like me? Will I ever get married?" Unless I'm a weird person in a category by myself, you'll understand when I say that even if you don't feel ready for marriage or even extremely desirous of marriage, you still have that feeling of being left out when it seems like everyone is in a special relationship except yourself.

This feeling gets to me now and then, for instance, tonight. But quickly the Lord reminds me: "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways... For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Imagine as I might, dream as I might, my plans and thoughts cannot even draw near to the excellency and perfectness of His own plans and thoughts for me.

I might think, "If everyone else has a special guy in their lives, so should I!" But He says, "Even if other people have special relationships on earth, I am the Lord your God, and I am all you need. Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. I commend my love toward you, in that, while you were yet sinners, I died for you."

Why should I feel discouraged; why should I feel left out? I belong to Jesus! He is all I need! He has plans so much greater than my own, and I can trust Him to fulfill them in His own timing!! When I think about Jesus, and how good and great He is, I know I have all I could ever wish for and more!

"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." (Psalm 43:5)

5 comments:

Teddy said...

Melanie, that was BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you and thank the Lord that He is teaching you through this and alowing you to be a blessing to those of us who think like you. :) I'm grateful that when you post about something like this, you take the time to think through it biblically so that it is indeed a true encouragement to the soul-not just an added burden of worry!

Melanie said...

Teddy,
Praise the Lord!! Your comment was a blessing to me. :-)

Rosebud said...

Teddy said it. :)

Lilly said...

Thank you sooooooooooooo much I needed to hear that!It’s so true you know in your head that you’re to young or not ready yet but it’s awfully hard to pound that into your emotions!!!

Alaina said...

Ouch! I know what you mean, about feeling left out, sometimes. Thank you for reminding us to make Jesus our fulfillment; I need that reminder!