Preparing for Prince Charming - "Once Upon a Mistake"

My "What was I thinking?!?!" face
Once upon a mistake, there was a girl named Rachel (AKA me) and a boy who we'll call Nate. Some time ago I discovered that this 'Nate' had a certain liking for me. Being a girl, my normal reaction was a complete spaz attack at that thought that someone actually had interest in someone like me. Without involving the entire story, by the time I discovered this and knew for sure, Nate had seemingly let his feelings die and there was entirely NOTHING between us.

So me, being a person of initiative (which sometimes I regret...), decided to try to pursue a friendship with him (Why do I do things like this...?). Intially, my mindset was that, oh hey you know, I'll just get the ball rolling and if it's meant to be anything, he'll do the rest. Needless to say, after continuing attempts of real life conversation, Facebook conversation, (this is where I hang my head in shame) and me even getting his number , it didn't really work out.

It was a complete fail. (Which I am now glad.. but I'll get to that later!) He was so unresponsive. Nate did not initiate anything himself. It frustrated me. Why did he not even want a friendship? What was the problem anyway? It wasn't even necessarily that I wanted anything beyond a simple friendship, I just wanted to get to know the guy. Yet for some reason, no matter what I did, it just wasn't working.

After a couple weeks, I decided that I was foolish, really dumb and questioned why I ever tried to do anything like it! It was basically a facepalm moment (refer to the picture at the beginning of the post).

Time passed by and slowly I learned more about his character. More and more I realized that it wasn't something I was pleased with, and occasionally found myself highly appalled.

More recently, I discovered an entire new side of this person's character. I was in complete shock. "How could I have ever found any interest in a guy who is like this?"
I was really disappointed; nevertheless, I found reason for thankfulness and praise.

There are times when we really want something. We think it's good, or so it seems. So we pray about it, and pray about it, and pray some more. Yet it just isn't working out, there's something about it just not clicking right. And due to my lacking in ability to see the whole picture which only God can see, I felt confused and kind of disappointed that my original plan of friendship had failed.

Looking back on it all, I am SO thankful that God didn't respond the way I wanted him to. If we knew how many times God saves us from pain or at the very least, the effects of poor decision making, I think we'd be all the more thankful to Him.

So what's the point of this post anyway? Don't pursue a guy. Please, just don't. Do you want to end up like me? Trust me, no. Pursuing is a problem I have as a girl, due to my constant reaction of wanting to take initiative, but let me just tell you! Initiative is NOT good in this area! And for so many reasons.

1. By pursuing a guy, you are stripping away his ability to be the man, be the leader and do what he is supposed to as the male.
2. If you start out being the leader, then chances are, you're going to end up always being the leader, rather than fulfilling the Godly female role of being the pursued! And what girl likes that anyway? Bleh!

Think of it this way: Christ is the bridegroom and we, the church, are His bride. Are we, as the church, the one who first pursued Him? No. Is it us preparing a place for Christ? Far from it! Just as Christ takes care of us, pursues us, leads us, so should the man in relationships.

And one other thing I noticed in my poor decision making. I stopped depending on God and honestly stopped trusting Him that HE would take care of it, that in His own perfect will and timing, would orchestrate all that should happen in order for me to meet my Prince (if God's will is marriage for me).

Now tell me, would you rather settle for your own, most likely, messy and human-like love story... Or would you rather have God, the creator of ALL things, the maker of Heaven and Earth, unravel His own love story for you? If you go with the latter of the two, I promise you won't be disappointed.

You decide.

In the meantime, check out this post by Mary A. Kassian, author of "Girls Gone Wise in a World gone Wild." It talks a little bit more about this issue and if you struggle with it like me.. then it might be helpful! Either way you can check it out by clicking HERE!

This blog post is part of my "Preparing for Prince Charming" series. If you would like to check out some other posts, then I encourage you to look to the right of your screen where you can locate a small section which lists other posts in the series.


  1. You really hit this nail on the head Rachel! =D I can relate in a couple of ways myself. In my early high school days I went out a few times with this one guy. Honestly he was the first guy who ever was very vocal about his faith and seemed genuine about his faith that I had come across, so I thought we could be good friends. While I wasn't doing all the pursuing, it didn't end very well. After almost a year of building a friendship and dating here and there, he all the sudden decided to just end the friendship and I never heard a peep from him again. Looking back on it a few years later I saw that I probably did much more of the pursuing and I wasn't better off for doing so. Also hearing through the grapevine of where he is now, perhaps his faith wasn't as "real" and "honest" as I thought. But that's another story and I'm rambling now. But, just wanted to say I agree! God does protect us in more ways than we give Him credit. Blessings! =D

    Oh! And I'm lovin' the new background =D Purple is my all time favorite color.

  2. Natalie! Ah! I love how even though we make mistakes, we can relate to other people and help each other grow. :) I totally understand where you're coming from with your story! I bet you're glad it didn't work out exactly as you may have thought it would.

    I think our endings are actually REALLY similar, in the sense of what I found out about this guy. It made me question how serious his faith is/was as well. Kind of sad, but I'd rather know the hard truth than be ignorant!

    And I totally agree with your last line of God protecting us in more ways than we credit Him... sooo true!

    Thanks for the comment girl! And I'm glad you enjoy the background... I fancy it quite a bit myself as well. ;D

  3. As a guy I can say that I agree. The men are those who want to win the lady over, even though there may not be much of a competition, they will make into one. We are very much like animals, in that sense, but this is the way God intended it. To be something to literally fight for.

    The thing is that they (guys) want this competition to be something that the women also appreciate. Even though it almost seems childish, men want to see receptiveness. This is because with their short-attention-spans, they will quickly move on to the next subject if there isn't a foundation that locks them in.

  4. Well there you have it ladies... straight from the mind of a guy. Haha, thanks for the input Joel. :) It's always interesting to see and understand what the thinking process is for guys. But what you said makes total sense, and I can totally see it being completely true!

  5. perfectly written!--this is definitely something i've been through and understand completely! :)


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