Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:12
Have you had a postage item that took months to arrive? How about having an unforeseen prolonged engagement? You might relate to this proverb. Expecting something at a certain time, only for it to take much longer to turn up, can be so frustrating. No doubt the wait for something special would even cause you to wain a bit.
And how about for when the longing is fulfilled? Once hope has been answered, the joy can be palpable. There are so many examples of such in the Bible. Hannah, who was barren, received Samuel from God (1 Sam 2:1-10 is her prayer of thanks). Mary and Elizabeth (her cousin) were blessed miraculously with very special children by God’s intercession (Luke 1 tells the story). Simeon and the prophetess Anna both were waiting and had been promised to see the Messiah be revealed. Both saw Jesus before their deaths and gave thanks to God for his promise fulfilled (Luke 2:25-38).
Our whole bodies are invigorated when we finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hope is certainly for things unseen, but some things are just worth waiting for.
Thanks for reading! Pete
Tree of Life: John A. Kitchen speaks of the tree of life imagery being throughout the Bible’s revelation and “forms an inclusion”, from Genesis (2:9) to Revelation (2:7 and 22:2, 14,19). I highly recommend time spent with Proverbs – A Mentor Commentary by John A. Kitchen.
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