There are certain areas of life where people tend to think that they or their friends are stuck with "God's second best." We say that we believe Romans 8:28, and yet when it comes to being single or childless it is so common for Christians to take the attitude that this is somehow not acceptable - that something has gone wrong.
Being single myself, I have been burdened by the pressure that is put upon us singles by other Christians at times. The match making, the comments, the urgency to marry that are put upon us can make us frustrated, angry and confused. More than that, they can tempt us to be discontent with what God has willed for our lives at this time.
In contemplating this, the Lord directed my attention to those who are childless. (I say childless rather than barren because there are some who, though they technically may be able to bare children, may not do so for medical reasons.) In considering this it seemed that they are subjected to many similar problems. There are the insensitive questions, the pushing, the suggestions to adopt. Again there is the urgency, in this case that it must be God's will for all married people to have children. And again, these things can tempt to discontent.
More than all of that, for those of us that are in these states, there is the battle with our own flesh. There are the inner wrestlings that overwhelm - the "whys" and doubts that threaten at times to drown us. Can there be no peace or rest for us? Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows... And again, blips 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Some other area of life may fit here, and may be added later. For now, by God's grace, we are going to deal with these two things in the hope that it will lighten someone's load and help us all to learn to be content in whatsoever state we are in. (Philippians 4:11)
Childless by God's Choice By Mrs. Robin Russell
Single to the Glory of God By Mary Van Nattan New
and photography by mary vannattan