For some reason I randomly wound up on a biography of Ruth Graham (late wife of the Rev. Billy Graham) the other night. I loved reading about her!
She grew up in China as the daughter of medical missionaries. As a teenager she avowed to spend her life single, ministering as a missionary in Tibet. Due to increasingly unsafe conditions, her parents sent her to the United States at the age of 17 to enroll in Wheaton College (where she would eventually meet Rev. Graham.) During that trip she penned these words:
“If I marry, he must be so tall when he is on his knees, as one has said, he
reaches all the way to Heaven. His shoulders must be broad enough to bear
the burden of a family. His lips must be strong enough to smile, firm enough
to say no, and tender enough to kiss. His love must be so deep that it takes
its stand in Christ and so wide that it takes in the whole world. He must be
big enough to be gentle and great enough to be thoughtful. His arms must
be strong enough to carry a little child.”
I was so moved by her vision and commitment at such a young age to the type of man she desired. What a precious example of a godly young woman with holy standards--and oh, how the Lord heard her heart's cry!
To you single ladies that read the blog (and Moms of adolescent girls) I hope this gives you great food for conversation and prayer.