December is that time of year when the phrase “as slow as Christmas” seems to take the most meaning. Chances are, you’ve been waiting on something for much longer. We all have dreams. A familiar verse comes to mind when I think about waiting, but it is one that has always frustrated me.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 NKJV
It’s always bothered me. Why does it leave you feeling hopeless after reading it? It shouldn’t since it’s God’s Word, after all. Or there should be verses following explaining the hidden keys to help endure the stupid waiting. But it doesn’t seem that way.
I used to read that verse frequently thinking I was supposed to be…what? miserable?..until the desire came. THEN, I would feel all better. If only this circumstance would change, or if only that would take place somehow, my desire will also come about!
But that was a trust in circumstances.
People close to me had always said, you must be patient and wait! That’s all fine and good, folks, but I wanted to be more proactive than that. I sought God for the key. What would help endure this stupid waiting?
The time frame that we’re enveloped in between the hope being deferred and the desire coming is a critical point of preparation. God does not want us to focus on our desire (or the lack of it), but on our own development. This responsibility is necessary on every level, both spiritually and in the natural.
When I see the phrase, “tree of life” in the verse above I usually think of Psalm 1:3, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” God wants us to be a healthy “tree” producing healthy “fruit” because people are going to “eat” from your fruit.
What helps endure the waiting? Allowing God to be the husbandman of your “tree.” Allow Him to cut out areas of dead, rotting fruit, even roots, and replace them with His righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. If we ignore this precious time of preparation, we can cause the fulfillment of our desire to be delayed.
God has placed those desires inside you. Just as Christmas Day always finally rolls around, your desire will come! In the meantime it’s time to get those gifts ready!
I want to know: What dreams are you waiting on and how are you preparing?