- Pastor Mary Jean Pidgeon
Single and In Place
If you were single, forty years old, and had a rebellious teenage son, what would you need most from God? That was the question my husband asked me as we were driving to a singles conference where we were to be the speakers. I said, “Well, first I guess I would need someone to help me with my rebellious son, but then I think I would need permission to just be happy as a single woman.”
While our society may not always allow the single woman to be content as a single, our Father in heaven has given both permission and provision for the single woman to be productive, content and complete.
The time and focus to serve the Lord and help others with a whole heart is an advantage of the single life that should be enjoyed. Use your time! Use your silence! Use your opportunity for productivity and growth!
The longing after a man that traps many single women is part of the curse, resulting from the fall of mankind and Jesus has redeemed us from that curse, setting us free from lust and longing. There is nothing wrong with a healthy desire to have a relationship with a man but when the desire and the longing prevent a woman from obeying God for fear of not marrying, idolatry is the result. Learning to be content in any and every situation and serving the Lord wholeheartedly is the key to a healthy and fruitful life, available to every single woman.
Meditation Scripture: Gen 3:16; Philippians 4:11; 1Tim. 6:6; Heb. 13:5