“We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.” Proverbs 16:9
My mother used to say, “Don’t sit on the table or you’ll be married before you’re able.” Glen and I had originally planned to be married in August after I graduated from high school. However, one sunny afternoon while lounging at a beach in California, we both started talking at the same time. We were both saying, “I think we should wait to get married.” Glen had a WestPac cruise coming up that would take him out of the country for nine months. I’d be a new bride alone in an apartment in California along with other navy wife “widows.
I spent seven months alone before Glen mustered out of the Navy. By then I had sort of figured out how to be married and how to survive alone. So much of life cannot be prepared for, like when I had my first baby. Even with nine-month’s warning, it took me by surprise as to how my life changed.
When I return to my Arizona home, I’ll discover how ably I will adjust to doing things like eating meals and attending social events alone. As wise Solomon said, “God makes us able to live it.” I’ll take it one day at a time and lean on friends and family members to fill the void of having a life-long partner.
Lord, I can never be “able” to experience life without your assistance. Amen.