Once upon a time, there was a young, 18 year-old girl, who had given up on ever having a boyfriend. It was me. I had dated several guys in my middle and high school years. They all seemed the same and left me brokenhearted.
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. and the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His Heart.” Genesis 6:5-6
Looking at Genesis 6, I can, in a way, relate to God. God was so done with mankind – their thoughts, motives, and behavior which grieved His heart. I was so done with men of all kinds, breaking my heart. None were keepers. Isn’t that what we girls are looking for – finding THE one, the keeper for life?
Halfway through 12th grade, I needed to take another Science class in order to graduate. I was placed in a new class. I was really into Heavy Metal music in high school and was happy to see another Metalhead in this new class. We started hanging out as friends. Over time, our friendship was turned into something more. We started dating. Remember, I was done with guys, BUT with this one, I noticed something different. He stood out from all the others. It wasn’t in how he looked, but in how he treated me and everyone. It was also in how he lived his life. He stood out from all the others.
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.” Genesis 7:1
I just had to ask him. I said, “I see there is something different about you than any other person I’ve met. What is it?” To my surprise this Metalhead said, “Jesus.” Then, he shared the Gospel with me. That was the day I put my faith in Jesus. (see link to know more about Jesus and hear the Gospel https://reallifewithjackhibbs.org/know-god/ )
Noah was righteous in God’s eyes and stood out from the others in his generation. This guy, who stood out from the rest, entered my life when I least expected it. I not only gained a boyfriend, but salvation through Christ. The thing that attracted me to him went beyond looks and now I know it was Jesus.
By the way, I married that guy. It’s my husband Ray. We’ve been married for 28 years now. He’s a keeper!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6
You don’t have to feel pressured by family, friends, or FaceBook into looking for “the one.” If it’s God’s will for you, He will send that one into your life. Did you hear what I said? IF it’s God’s will. Trust in the Lord even in this area of your life.
As a side note, which you may not even thought of is “the one” may be in your life already. He may be in your class, at your job, in your youth group, church, or even a family friend.
Marriage is one of the deepest relationships and a long time commitment so choose wisely and wait on the Lord. Don’t settle for just anyone, but the one that stands out from the rest and follows the Lord like Noah.