The 12 Boxes
My Aunt has one of the best senses of humor I have ever known. She lives in California and I savor all the times I’ve gotten to stay with she and my Uncle in their Vista Farmhouse. Several years ago she told me a story about how prior to finding my Uncle she had split a piece of paper into 12 boxes and wrote down all of the qualities she was looking for in a husband. She had her non-negotiables and her deal breakers all laid out in these boxes. She then went on to meet my darling Uncle and said, “Your days as a single man are numbered.” She was a wild cowgirl from Tucson and he a Bachelor living on a sailboat in San Diego. Both of them had gotten to a point and an age that they thought love might never come for them. Turns out God had them paired as star-crossed lovers all along.
Today Jesus and I are at a local Asian-Fusion restaurant having sushi. He reminded me this morning about my version of the 12 Boxes. It is pictured below! I simply have a ever growing list that I made on October, 15, 2006. Wow! And, I am finally getting married in 2019. Waiting is sometimes labor ladies. Do you know exactly what you are looking for in a husband? Have you written down the desires of your heart? Are you aware of those deal breakers and non-negotiables? They are all so important.
I look at my list and am so proud that I didn’t sell out on myself and God. Clearly, Cary doesn’t possess every attribute on my list, but he has enough of them to consider him as a wise option for marriage. My list is four pages long and I could never expect that every single item would be granted to me by God. Psalm 103:5 says, “Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” This scripture is so beautiful and so relevant to me personally. Cary loves my wildness and abandon for life. He can handle that I have a unquenchable thirst for travel, music and singing worship at the top of my lungs in the morning. Ladies, be sure to look for that. May your youth be renewed. May the years the locusts have eaten be restored unto you. I would like us to spend some time in prayer for our husbands.
Dear Jesus~Thank you in advance for my husband. Thank you for all his gifts and attributes. Thank you that you fashioned him just for me. You knew before time that we would unite and become one eventually. Jesus, please permeate His soul with more of you. Fill him up this day for your glory. Saturate him in the fullness of your infinite love. It is not easy, this waiting for Him. It is a daily challenge of submitting to contentment in you and waiting well. I wait for him to be ready for me and for me to be ready for him. Thank you for knowing what is best for me. Thank you for “the 12 Boxes”/list that I have made. The desires of my heart will be granted in a way that fits right for your design for me. I love you Jesus. it’s in your precious name I pray. Amen!