‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.’ (Vs. 12)
What are you hoping for? It could be; waiting to get a job, hoping to find a spouse, praying for your family to come to Christ, longing to conceive.
Whatever it is that your heart is yearning for or you’re impatient about, we all know that feeling and know how it can ‘make the heart sick.’ The comforting truth however, is in the second part of this verse – that good things are worth waiting for and when they finally arrive, they bring joy, life and fulfillment.
We know this truth as a couple. During our engagement we endured a long-distance relationship – only seeing one another every few months, having to maintain our relationship through phone calls and texts. The waiting was hard; we longed to be together and for no more goodbyes. But on the day of our wedding, the Lord fulfilled our longing – there was much joy and we believe that our marriage is all the stronger for having had our hope deferred.
A passage to ponder: Philippians 1:20-26