I don’t know which news bit tripped me out more: the relatively-new “down there” disease that apparently is sweeping the nation of female teens called, “Blue Waffle Disease” (yeah, I’ll let y’all look *that one* up) or the story that I read yesterday about a mother who is giving her daughter *her womb* because she (the daughter) was born without one and desires to have children. Someday.
Now, I won’t even begin to speculate on the back story in that situation because either way, it’s a pretty strong “love sacrifice” that the mother is making on the daughter’s behalf. However, as I did more research and discovered that within two years, womb transplant surgery will be pseudo-common, I couldn’t help but ask, “What’s the line between accepting God’s will and forcing our wants upon/against it?” Sometimes. I mean…how extreme are we to go to *make a miracle happen*. Who’s to say, being that James 1:27 tells us that *true religion* is taking care of widows and *orphans* that some of us, in the case of something like this, need to put our energies and focus into taking care of the children who are already here?
Yet, deeper, as I approach another birth year (although, for some reason, it seems like my birthday comes every six months-LOL) on Friday, June 17, I thought about how I can apply such line of thinking in my own life as it comes to some things that I want…that haven’t yet come. How extreme will I go to try and *make* something happen…instead of surrending to the fact that some things require work while others just require hope. Indeed, faith without works is dead (James 1:27), but hope doesn’t disappoint, either (Romans 5:5). And being that hope is in faith’s biblical definition (shout out to Hebrews 11:1), one can’t really happen without the other anyway, right? Right.
Case in point: someplace that I always wanted to go, I assumed for my future honeymoon, is Alaska. Yeah. Well. A sistah is still single, but guess where I am going ON MY BIRTHDAY? ALASKA! And with the X3Church.com team no less (which *of course* is always a plus!-LOL) Indeed, King Solomon did once say, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1-NKJV) I used to look at that as saying, “Don’t assume you’ll be here tomorrow” (yeah, that’s a glass half empty perspective) but on this side of wisdom, it’s more like, “Don’t be so consumed with what’s in the future that you miss out on the blessings of now”. God loves me enough to give me the heart’s desire of an Alaskan (quickie) getaway. *Now*.
Why? Because he’s big like that. When he said that he would withhold *no good thing* from those who walk upright (Psalm 84:11), he meant that. When he said that he could do exceedingly above all that we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20), sometimes especially as it relates to *timing* (Acts 1:7-Message, Ecclesiastes 3:11), he was being real about that reality as well.
And so, this is how I’m rollin’ in celebration of a new (birth) year. I won’t give my womb to anybody, but I am gonna do a giveaway to five women:
1) You must be single.
2) You must be at least three months sex fetish free. Meaning, if porn was your thing, you haven’t seen it in three months. If sex is your thing, you haven’t done it in three months. Etc.
3) You must sign up to follow the “On Fire” blog that I do for single women who desire marital preparation, which means…
4) You must desire to be married.
5) You must have issues with hope in the sense of how to apply it into your own life. In this current season (Hosea 10:12).
The first *five* women who get at me who meet this criteria (oh, and you need to be able to fit a L or XL in T-shirts), the first two will get a “Purity Is The New Virginity” (on me) and the other three will get a “God sees you” reminder package (it ain’t the T, but I think it’s just as sweet)!
And to everyone, here’s to a season of not lusting in the sense of being so focused on what you’re not getting, that you miss out on all of the love from God that he is giving! Even now.
Big love to you,