This month on the ChristianWriters blog chain, we’re talking about change. There have been several funny, uplifting and thought-provoking posts on the topic so far, and I encourage you to check out the links on my CW Blog Chain page when you’re done here.
I was hoping to write about an exciting life change I’ve been anticipating for several months. However, the situation is still nebulous and I have no announcement at this point. So, what do you do when you’re looking forward to a change and it doesn’t come quickly enough, or at all?
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12
Ever long for something, only to have the manifestation of it delayed for an extended time? It’s a struggle to stay positive while waiting for change, isn’t it?
Look closer. They’re not dead, just dormant.
Over there, a bird perches, singing its song. And up there, a pair of squirrels play chase, enjoying the elevation. Can you see them?
And let’s consider the life within, the part we can’t see. Inside that tree, processes are going on that will enable those limbs to bud come springtime. The leaves that will be greening up the place are there, just not evident yet. Flowers are waiting within, biding their time until sunshine, rain and warmer weather cue them for their moment on stage. And when their role has run its course, they’ll yield to the fruit God designed the tree to produce.
When your hope feels deferred, feed it with God’s Word and memories of the answers to prayer He’s already given. Water it with prayers and even tears if need be. Mulch around that root system with the faith that insulates from the attacks of Satan and circumstance.
And when winter is over, watch it blossom into joy.