I am currently reading the book Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. The first part of the book addresses the need for singles to have a biblical understanding of manhood and womanhood. In this chapter, Piper documents that the Apostle Paul and a lot of great missionaries after him have renouced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of God. It is within this context Elisabeth Elliot tells of a conversation she had with Gladys Alward, missionary to China:
She had been a missionary in China for six or seven years before she ever thought of wanting a husband. When a British couple came to work near her, she began to watch the wonderful thing they had in marriage, and to desire it for herself. Being a woman of prayer she prayed–a straightfoward request that God would call a man from England, send him straight out to China, and have him propose. She leaned toward me on the sofa on which we were sitting, her black eyes snapping, her bony little forefinger jabbing at my face. “Elisabeth,” she said, “I believe God answers prayer! He called him.” Then in a whisper of keen intensity, “but he never came.”
tee hee 🙂 thanks for reading!