Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
Hope. We all need it to sustain a fruitful life.
According to bibehub.com, hope means an expectation.
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of expectations in this life.
And for some reason, many of those expectations are not met or delayed in some way.
Interestingly, deferred means to draw out, prolong, and even to develop.
For the past few years, our hope has been deferred so many times. My husband has endured an incredible time of unemployment.
And every time that we hoped the next job, contract, or interview would go well and it didn’t, our hope was deferred.
I wish I knew why because it certainly has made our hearts sick with struggle all too often.
Yet, God seems to be prolonging this season in our life. And it has been hard. Very hard.
But I love that defer can also mean to develop.
Because develop means that something is happening and building is taking place, even if I can’t see it specifically or understand it.
It means God is working through this deferred hope to develop something in our lives that will prove fruitful beyond what we can ask or imagine.
The rest of that verse goes on to tell us that a longing (desire) fulfilled is a tree of life.
When I think of a tree of life, I think of a tree bursting with fullness, goodness, and beauty.
I also think of it as having deep roots and providing shelter to those who choose to rest under it or in it.
Sustaining, enduring life.
And that is what I hope God is developing during this season in our life.
I want a life that is not problem free but one that is full of joy and fruitful in spite of the challenges we face.
So today I put my hope in Him, knowing that hopefully one day soon our desires will be fulfilled and when it does, it will be sweet to our soul.