Delays happen in many areas of life. Whether it be traffic, delayed flights, or even waiting in line at your favorite restaurant. Our response to delay shows who we really are. Think back to the last time you were stuck in traffic. How did you react? What about a flight delay? Or even when you thought you could get in to that restaurant, and an hour later you still weren’t in?
How much more is our character shown when a dream is delayed? I don’t know about you, but I have had a few dreams delayed. Most of this blog is dedicated to dating, marriage, and relationships, and often, the dream of marriage seems so delayed that it becomes hard to even picture it coming to fruition in your life.
Proverbs 13:12 (NLT) says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”
There are days where you couldn’t put words to it any other way, but that your heart felt sick. All your heart wanted was some chicken noodle soup, a good movie, and a blanket. But staying at a place of sickness is not an option for those in relationship with Jehovah Rapha (The Lord my Healer).
The big question becomes how? How do I not let the sickness overwhelm me? How do I not become jaded and want to just give up?
I wish I had the answers for you. I wish there was a 12-step program to provide all solutions for delay and discomfort in this world. I go back to the second half of that verse that says “A Dream Fulfilled is a Tree of Life.” Did you know that a Mangosteen Tree can take up to 15 years to produce fruit from the seed (pictured above)? Talk about patience. Just because you haven’t seen the fruit of your investment, doesn’t mean it isn’t coming.
Your tree of life is coming. Jesus is your fulfillment. Oftentimes, the delay I’ve experienced has been a direct result of me wanting the tangible dream fulfilled rather than the intangible growth and maturity God has for me. So if you are in the midst of a delay, do these 4 things with me right now:
1. Take a deep breath, and look round at what God has done in you and through you.
2. Do yourself a favor and get rid of your timeline and stop comparing yourself to others. You aren’t other people, and you don’t know the pain of their delays.
3. Turn back to Jesus and remind yourself of the fullness you have in Him alone.
4. Go out and give all you have to all you are pursuing.
Dreams will come to fulfillment in your life. We have the choice to wait around and be impatient (like you are when sitting in traffic on the 405), or we can live our life to the fullest and enjoy every minute along the journey.