Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
(Continued from Day 11)
John smiles to his father, and raises his glass again.
“To family, as God intends it to be.”
Michael also raises his glass, and the two share another drink.
“Dad, you said something about Joanne, that should God call her to marriage, then blah blah blah. What do you mean?”
“Well, some people are called to marriage, just as you are now, and just as I was when I met your mother. Likewise, some people are called to singleness. That’s the call on my life now, and for the moment at least, it’s the call on your sister’s life. If she meets the right person, then maybe that will change.”
“But… she doesn’t want to be single, does she?”
“No son, she doesn’t. She’s desperately looking for a partner, any partner. Sometimes I wonder if part of that is my fault, in that perhaps she’s looking for the family that she doesn’t have since your mother died.”
The young man frowns, and puts his glass down.
“It’s hard to be single, when you want to be married.”
“It’s hard to be anything that you don’t want to be. Single, married, young or old. It can be hard being straight and it can be hard being gay. No matter what we do there are challenges. There’s a part of me that wishes she was married, because then maybe she’d be happy… but I think that the reality is that she’d still be unhappy, just for different reasons.”
“How does that work?”
“My boy, the reality in life is that each of us needs to find contentment in what God has given us, and to find our identity in him. If we can’t be content where we are in life, then we’ll never be content. If we can’t find our identity in him, then we’ll struggle forever to know who we are; anything else we base ourselves on, we can lose. Jobs come and go. Relationships too. Health… not even worth mentioning.”
“So what about Jo then?”
“She has to find contentment in where she is in life now, and find her identity in Christ. Until she does, she’ll be like a ship in a storm, tossed about by the whim of the world.”
“Do you pray for her?”
“As I do for you. Every day.”
(To be continued…)
We thank you for your word, that it provides greater wisdom than any in this world.
We pray for those who are deceived by the messages of this world that offer them contentment through things outside of your will.
May the Holy Spirit help them to understand the truth in love, that they can only find contentment in you, the one whose love is perfect.
In Jesus’ name,
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
Warwick Marsh & David Rowsome from Canberra Declaration with thanks for input and advice from an interdenominational editorial team. The team at the Canberra Declaration also thank the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting for their kind assistance