Excerpt from The Family Daughter

One Thing I Desire
208 pages

The Family Daughter

by Sarah L. Bryant


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Excerpt from Chapter Entitled "An Abundant Season"

Every girl dreams of caring for her own baby someday. At a young age, she loves cuddling her doll and dreaming of names for her little “baby.” I remember caring for a room full of dolls when I was younger; in fact, I still have these dolls which I used to play with. Yet as I have grown older, they have remained stuffed in my closet for longer lengths of time as my dreams have taken greater depth. The Lord has given me a vision to be a wife, mother, and godly homemaker, as revered in Proverbs 31 and Titus 2. Upon the day of marriage, I will not suddenly be equipped for the responsibility a homemaker carries; I must gird myself in preparation today. More of my time is now spent developing skills that will be useful as a future homemaker.

Let us look at the parable Jesus gives in Matthew chapter 25, about the ten virgins who awaited their bridegroom. Five virgins foolishly did not prepare for their coming groom. The other five kept their lamps trimmed and had extra oil-and it was these who were ready when their bridegroom appeared in the night. The five foolish maids were left to scamper around to find oil for their dimming lamps, so that they missed their long-awaited bridegroom. In fact, when they finally arrived late at the wedding, they were utterly cast away-their bridegroom did not even recognize them: “I say unto you, I know you not” (Matthew 25:11).

In a similar way, we are maidens awaiting both our heavenly and earthly groom, and we can find truth and admonition from this parable. We need to prepare for the tasks that may lay ahead of us, and not fritter away this season, so that we will be ready for whatever the Lord calls us to do. Though we may greatly long for the time when we can marry, we need to wisely use this opportunity to prepare for the next. We must remain content where the Lord currently has us, preparing instead of pining. We can find rest and peace in being content, trusting that God has a perfect plan for our futures, as Jeremiah 29:11 promises, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace.”

At times, it has been a struggle in my own life to keep my heart content. I went through a particular time when I incessantly worried, “What if I never get married?” I became so overwhelmed that I could not cope with today’s calling to prepare myself to be keeper at home. The Lord opened my eyes to the truth: I was not trusting His timing for my life, and if I am not content in this season of singlehood, I will definitely not be content after marriage. One friend put it this way,

“Christ is the only one who can fulfill my longings and desires. No husband can. It is hard to explain the glorious sense of nearness I have with my heavenly Bridegroom, Christ. We should indeed delight to be with Him in the same way a maiden delights in her bridegroom.”

When Christ’s will is our highest ambition, we will find fulfillment. Christ should be first in our life, our best friend, closest confident, and deepest desire. Instead of impatiently waiting for a husband, we will find great value in investing in this precious relationship with our Savior.

When I become fearful or discontent, I must pray, “Lord, I give up my dreams of my future. I know you will use these years to prepare and mold me into a vessel for Your use.” Surrendering my dreams has given me a peace “that passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). It has been freeing for me to simply trust the Lord for my future, and since I have committed this specific area to Him, I have also been able to more whole-heartedly follow my dad where he leads. As long as I am serving and following the Lord by doing this, He will bless my efforts!

I have found one of the best remedies for maintaining an attitude of contentment is to simply focus on the tasks God has given me to do, thus, avoiding thoughts that cause me to struggle with this desire for something I do not yet have. We need to let these desires rest, and not stir them up by thinking about marriage overmuch. “I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please” (Song of Solomon 2:7). I want to encourage you, dear sister, to look to the Lord for the things He has for you today. We can and should look forward to the day when we may undertake the blessed role of homemaker, but we must remain content where He has us today and the tasks He has for us during this season.

God knows every detail of our futures; His plan is much superior to ours. No matter what He may have for our life, we must trust that our Lord knows best, even if it means sacrificing the dearest desires of our heart. “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established” (Proverbs 16:3). We will find the hardest times and deepest sacrifices actually add the most vibrant colors to the picture of life. If we only trust Him, our Father will fulfill our dreams much more extraordinarily than we can imagine-because He has an infinitely greater perspective.

The time we have before marriage is a wonderful opportunity we have been given to serve the Lord, bless our family, and prepare ourselves to lead a mission-driven life for His glory. We must embrace it! Ephesians 5:15 warns all who will hear, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” This season contains incredible potential, since we have the energy to invest in projects that as a wife and mother we may not have the opportunity nor time, as I Corinthians 7:34 points out, “The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.”

Will we prepare like the five wise virgins? When our Bridegroom calls, will He find a prepared maid? May we use this opportunity wisely!