Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4 NRSV)
One of the most embarrassing moments in my life was the first date I had with my wife Michele. A mutual friend had told us about each other, and Michele called and we set up our first date. We are to meet by the skating ring and eat at Wallabies in Dallas. When she mentioned the skating ring in Dallas, I thought of the Plaza of America in downtown Dallas.

When I arrived at our special meeting place, I couldn't find Wallabies. After asking around, I soon discovered that I was in the wrong place. I ran to the phone hoping to save some of my pride. I caught her just before she left her office. I was supposed to be at the Galleria Mall located in North Dallas. It was a long drive back to my home in Itasca.

From our previous conversation, I knew that I just had to meet the wonderful woman. But, I had to put my desires aside and put the situation into God's hands. A few days later, we were talking and learning about one another at Wallabies by the skating ring.

Today, Michele and I have been happily married for over eight years. In many situations of life, we have to die to our own desires, so that we will have the faith we need to live by the desires of God.

Dear Jesus, may my desires give way to yours. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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