(I am very happy to announce that Jennifer is going to be a regular contributor to MRP with weekly posts!)
My husband hates spoilers. Like, really hates them. He plays digital hopscotch to avoid online movie and T.V. reviews. When watching pre-recorded shows on our DVR, his thumb is primed and poised above the fast-forward button to speed through movie commercials. When we went to see The Legend of Tarzan last weekend (Spoiler Alert: It’s awesome!), he lingered in the lobby until the coming attractions segment was over. He definitely likes the mystery and surprise of seeing it as it happens.
I, on the other hand, always like knowing what to anticipate, especially when I was single.
During that time, there were many moments when I longed for a heavenly spoiler. A clue. A note from heaven saying “Love is on the way.”
I thought such knowledge would soothe my frustration and mean an unbothered life.
But unbothered can sometimes mean unchallenged. Inactive. Listless. What happens to faith that’s unused?
By its very definition, a spoiler spoils, both movies and faith.
Hebrews 11:1(NIV) says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Our trust in God is strengthened when we give Him all our seen, unseen, and hoped-for. Our experiences, our lessons, and spiritual maturity all come by way of our limited understanding falling before His omniscient power.
I will never forget the anxious ache of not knowing if/when marriage would happen. Yet, during the wait, my faith stretched further than ever before.
As you wait in singleness, be assured that it’s OK to not know what’s to come. The ultimate spoiler is your Father does.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” -Corrie ten Boom