Being the mother of several teenage daughters—young, bright, and beautiful. All of them hoping to get married some day.
These girls dare to dream.
But to tell you the truth, they’ve grown a little doubtful lately.
The girls observe these marriages around them falling apart right before their eyes. They’ve seen the destruction of divorce and have stayed up late comforting dear friends whose parents are parting ways.
Or, they watch while some couples stay together, yet grow increasingly cold and distant. Tension filling the air.
It troubles them to think of their lives ending up in this unhappy way.
It messes with their minds and messes with their dreams.
They’re not little girls anymore and they understand that life is no fairytale.
But they can’t help wondering where did all the good stories go? You know, the ones with a happy ending? Whatever happened to happily-ever-after?
And this is what I say to them…
My dear girls,
I believe in a good God who desires to write a beautiful story for our lives.
Rather than looking at the messed-up world around you, fix your eyes on Him who is more than able to care for you. He is the One you can trust for your hope and for your future.
…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (I Pet. 5:7)
I believe in a God who is in the business of changing people. He can change me and He can move that man of mine. He has the power to transform our marriage into something wonderful and glorifying to Him.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)
I believe in a God who restores and redeems. He can heal the broken and save the lost. I’ve seen Him turn lives around and rescue marriages from the most impossible situations.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Ps. 34:18)
I believe in a God who sees the big picture. While we might only see the snapshot – what is happening today – He knows what our future holds.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11)
Take your dad and me, for example. Here we are, two imperfect people who have learned to love each other—who are still learning to love each other. Look at the good work God is doing in and through our life together. Growing, learning, forgiving and loving some more. This is the stuff that makes for some of the best stories.
This is a real love story.
So that’s the kind of story I’m hoping for our daughters and the kind I’m hoping for you. Not because I believe in fairytales, but because I believe in a good and powerful God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)
So go ahead and dare to dream, girls.
Because we know the God who is the Author of the greatest love story - and we are known by Him.
Lisa Jacobson, Club31Women