“Hope deferred makes the heart sick…”
Oh Father, I am sick of waiting for some people to make good on their promises.
The delays that come are hard to take. Even when I can understand there may be a good and logical reason behind postponements, it doesn’t make the waiting any easier. And when no reason is apparent, the frustration builds up and I literally feel ill.
This happens time and time again when I put my hope in people. The wondering if they will come through, the anxiousness of not knowing when things can be planned due to the uncertainty, the anticipation of desiring something but having it drag on indefinitely – all these things bring mental exhaustion and emotional collapse!
“but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
When I think of all a tree provides, it is comforting.
A tree is beautiful to look at. It is sturdy and provides shelter to sit or stand under or hide behind. It’s boughs and leaves give shade from the heat. I can lean up against it, climb it, sit in it, hide in it.
Depending on the type, it’s leaves may be a balm of healing, or its fruit may be nourishment. A tree is life giving and life sustaining.
This verse paints a beautiful picture of Your provision in a world where there can be so much disappointment.
Thank You Father, that all Your promises are true.
You promise salvation and You deliver. Your mercy and grace are renewed every day. You always forgive and never leave me. All this is according to Your Word, Your promise.
Father, I place my trust, my hope in You. If I have hopes or longings that are not honoring to You, please remove them. Do not let me become sick waiting or hoping for something that is not right for me. Show me if I need to move my focus or change my perspective.
When I need to wait on Your plan or purpose, help me wait patiently, purposefully and prayerfully. And when my longings are fulfilled, remind me to thank You and give You the credit.
For all You have already done, and for all You will do, thank You Father. Amen