By Carolyn McCulley
Via own anecdotes and cautious exam of Scripture, Carolyn McCulley demanding situations unmarried ladies to treat their singleness now not as a burden, yet as a present from God that permits them to accomplish a distinct position within the physique of Christ.
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I don’t even plant seeds in a garden! If I bother to put out any plants, I buy them half-grown and stick them in containers. But every day I am sowing. The Bible says that I’m either scattering the right seed, or I’m scattering the wrong seed. “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” (Gal. 6:7-8). Every action and every thought is dipping into one bag of seed or another—all of which will one day produce an inevitable harvest.
Indeed, this is what happens. Note how the women of Bethlehem direct their words to Naomi upon the birth of Ruth’s son: So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! ” Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. (Ruth 4:13-16) I trust that Naomi joined the voices of these women when they praised the Lord for the reversal of her financial and relational losses.
This was a familiar conversation. ” Kristi spoke in a half-whisper, barely audible above the whistling hiss of the cappuccino machine. As she looked up, I could see the tears of disappointment brimming, threatening to paint her cheeks with black mascara. “If God doesn’t have marriage for me, then I have to rethink what to do with my future,” she continued. ” I gently asked. “Well, that’s the thing—I don’t really know,” she said. “I guess I would take my career more seriously. Maybe take some classes so I could get a better job.