Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverb 13:12
How many of us have had our hope deferred? We’re longing for our prayer to be answered, waiting for the ray of hope that things will get better. That our dream will come true some day. Some of us have been yearning for such a long time, our hearts are just sick from waiting.
What is your heart just sick over?
Many of us are heartsick over a dream not yet fulfilled. It could be anything from our Prince Charming, the deliverance of our children, a job offer, lifting of a financial burden, waiting on the next big break, or so much more.
Are you heartsick? Has your hope been deferred? Do you know someone who is heartsick?
Here’s a thought. I don’t believe we are the only ones who become heartsick. I believe God feels heartsick over delayed hope, desiring a more intimate relationship with us. I wonder if this verse is how He shares the hurt of His heart and His desire and dream for us to seek Him more, spend time with Him, and have a heart of worship towards Him despite our circumstances.
I shared this because many of us often blame God for unanswered prayers, and yet we have kept Him waiting. So often we focus on our own hearts and we neglect the fact we may be playing a part in deferring God’s or someone else’s hope.
When we have hoped in something, when what we had imagined, dreamed, and our desire has been delayed or even taken away, we are just sick. Ugh, so many of us struggle in the waiting.
As hard as it may be, we must be very careful to guard our hearts as we wait for our answers. A sick heart can be breeding ground for more sickness. We can easily become cynical, bitter, angry, or deeply depressed. We can feel like our breath has been taken away. The struggle can take us on a pathway to feeling hopeless and full of despair.
But, but, but . . .
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 2 Corinthians 4:8
When all hope seems lost, “but God!” He can turn things around or even do a new thing.
A dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Don’t lose hope, don’t stop praying, don’t give up desiring, and don’t stay heartsick during the delay. So many dreams are delayed, but that doesn’t mean they have to end. Some dreams may take a lifetime to bloom. God’s timing is never too early and never too late. He is always right on time.
Here is what I know. In the delay is our preparation or training for what is to come!
Flip your mindset and watch your tree of life bloom before your very eyes. Stay focused on Jesus. Trust Him. Honor Him. Even when your heart is too sick to speak, praise Him.
Has your hope been deferred? Are you feeling heartsick? Can I pray for you? Please Inbox me your prayer request if you would like support or encouragement. If you have experienced a breakthrough and would like to encourage others, please feel free to share your story.
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