“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12
When God delays the answers (results) to our prayers, we can become disappointed and dismayed. When our hope (expectation/desire) is delayed or deferred, then our heart becomes sick with despair. Our prayers and life itself can only be sustained and energized by active intimacy with Jesus. He knows the intricate details of our heart and the voids that needs to be filled with more of him. The hardest part about these delays or meantime journeys is the waiting. The waiting proves to be a place of joy during the times of deferment. No matter the season of life we are in, we must remain satisfied with God and never forget his goodness, even when we don’t see it, hear it or feel it.
The Shulamite women in Song of Solomon 5:8 charged the women of the city with passion… “If you find my Lover, please tell him that I am lovesick for him.” This is a cry for those who sense the Lord is not near, to remind the ones who may encounter Jesus, that they are lost and madly in love with him to the point of sickness. And that him being near is the only relief. The beauty of this is that she, the Shulamite women went searching for her Lover, Solomon (a shadow of Jesus), through the dark night and even being ravished by other men she continued the long search. When the “Dark Night of the Soul” comes and it comes to everyone, are we still willing to draw near to our Lover, Jesus? Are we still willing to forsake everything so that we may find him? Are we in a place to say – I AM LOVESICK… Though it looks hopeless, He is my desire!
My personal prayer for you and myself is that we will lean in closer to Jesus when we feel and see the delay and are in this meantime journey of life. That we can boldly say we are Lovesick for Jesus and he’s our everything and not just say it but live it with our actions/choices! So continue to hope and pray for those things that you want and desire, continue to draw near to the Lord in joy for he will accomplish his perfect work in and through us if we remain near. God wants to awaken your passion for him as you reclaim your adventures in chasing after him. Enjoy the chase!
Song of Solomon 2:5/SS 3:1-5/SS 5:2-8