Wow, what a weekend. It was really lovely. It’s interesting how much a singles retreat can enrich your marriage!~ We came home with so much to talk about. We could hardly fall asleep last night, because we kept thinking of more things we wanted to discuss. It was inspiring, uplifting, and just plain fun!
Just to update on the situation I was stressing about last time I wrote… Friday, my wonderful husband actually took off work and stayed home to help pick up branches, clean up the yard, and generally get the place a bit spiffed up. We all cleaned like crazy and cleared out extraneous junk. We even backed dh’s work trailer up to the door and loaded some boxes into it so that it wouldn’t look like there’s not a lot of storage space in the house. We had finished all this and were beginning to get ready to head for the hotel where the retreat was being held, when the realtor called.
Maybe you’ve guessed. Yep. They canceled. Sigh. Actually, what escaped my lips was a bit more impassioned than sigh, if you want to know–I was furious, to be frank. After all that work, when I really hadn’t felt like I had time for it in the first place. Of all the NERVE… So we unloaded the trailer, trying to understand what purpose God could possibly have in something like this. Ah, well.
But the retreat itself was just great. So much wonderful material, so many neat people to connect with… just a tremendous blessing. And it is simply wonderful how God works everything out perfectly, even when we really don’t know what we’re doing! It was the first time we tried to organize an event like this, and things were fairly scattered at first, but it all came together amazingly well.
The only rather difficult aspect of it was during the first night. I may write more about that later. It definitely challenged our resolve to love and pray for all people…
I think I’ll just add a snippet from the weekend to each post for awhile. There were so many good thoughts, and I think they really deserved a wider audience. Here was one thought that I loved.
Do you ever think “What’s wrong with me?” If you desire to marry, but God hasn’t yet provided a mate, there’s a temptation to think that something must be wrong. You feel rejected, unloved, forsaken. But whenever you have negative thoughts, turn to the Word of God. In the Bible, does anyone ever feel rejected?
What about God himself? Over and over, all through scripture, God’s people reject him. The Israelites, even after being miraculously delivered from slavery in Egypt, continually turned their back on God, leaving him behind for gods who never blessed them in any way. Don’t you think God felt rejected?
And Jesus? He was despised and rejected of men. He was beaten, spit on, and eventually put to death. What was wrong with him? Nothing. There is NOTHING wrong with God! But he was rejected by the very people he came to save!
So if you feel rejected, remember that doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you. You are in the very best of company–who has ever been rejected by more people than our great God? David felt rejected, but he was called a man after God’s own heart. Job certainly must have felt rejected, but he was commended by God as “blameless and upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.” Rejection has nothing to do with worth.
Isn’t that a beautiful thought? It’s applicable to any time that we feel discouraged and unloved, I think, no matter whether we’re married or single.
And oh, by the way, the realtor called and wants to show the house Wednesday afternoon…