This poem was written by a young woman named Ruth.
Let Him Be Like Thee
“Dear God,” I prayed, all unafraid,
(As girls are apt to be,)
“I do not want a handsome man,
But let him be like Thee.
“I do not need one big and strong
Nor one so very tall
Nor need he be some genius
Or wealthy, Lord, at all.
“But let his head be high, dear God,
And let his eye be clear,
His shoulders straight, whate’er his state,
Whate’er his earthly sphere.
“And let his face have character
A ruggedness of soul
And let his whole life show, dear God,
A singleness of goal.
“And when he comes, as he will come
With quiet eyes aglow,
I’ll understand that he’s the man
I prayed for long ago.”
This poem was written by a young woman named Ruth, who eventually married Billy Graham.. who became one of the most amazing examples of both Christian evangelism and biblical social justice. If you don’t know who he is, please look him up. My words really cannot do him justice.
When we think of who we want to marry.. are we praying for what we want? Or are we praying for someone like God, who will bring us closer to Him? Marriage is meant to make us holy, so if we are looking for this cookie-cutter list of things we like versus the partner God has created for us, we are missing the whole point.
Lord, you know everything about me, and You know what I need more than I do. I trust You will send me someone who will bring me closer to You with every moment. I want him to be like You, and to love You first. Because then I know he can truly love me too.