Daily Delight

Monday, February 29, 2016

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is the tree of life. - Proverbs 13:12 (ESV)

I have lived in a state of heart sickness for a long time. Years, even. Deferred hope rings so true in my life, that everyday I operate on low-grade heartbreak. If this is true for me, I know it is true for others.

What are we to do with this? What happens when our desire is not fulfilled and we are not sure it ever will be? What then? What are we supposed to do?

I have questions like this all the time. I do not always receive the answer I want. And sometimes, I do not receive an answer at all. If I am honest, it infuriates me and makes me want to throw things. I cry and spout off at Him, and I am reminded of my complete and utter humanity.

Then, because of who He is, I look up from my tantrum, hot tears still spilling from my eyes, and I see that He is still there. He stayed through it all, and He heard me. He knows my heart, and His is broken along with mine.

He reminds me that I chose Him and He chooses me back, because the Truth is that He loved me first. And I remember that His ways are better than my ways.

For you are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
- Psalm 31:3-5

I am an emotional person, I feel things deeply and often. I need somewhere to go and feel safe when heartache takes over. I need someone to soothe my broken soul and remind me that I am His.

I may not get the answers my heart so badly wants, but the very act of running to Him changes my heart’s desire altogether. He fulfills it because He is my Rock and my Fortress, and when I remember that, my hope is restored.

Our hearts are going to be sick with hope deferred again and again in this life. When you feel this way, talk to Him. He can handle whatever you have. He will restore you, because He is faithful, and you have been redeemed.

About the Author

Kelli Galpin≫ ≫Like any good introvert, Kelli enjoys coffee, sitting under a pile of blankets in her reading chair, and writing down the silly thoughts that come into her head. She was born and raised in Iowa, but moved to Middle Tennessee almost a decade ago to escape the cold winters. Her main goal in life is to make you laugh and realize no one has their stuff together. (Thank goodness!) She has a blog that’s approximately one minute old, but she’d love for you to pay it a visit at LateBloomerChronicles.net


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