Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
We read through Proverbs 13 at church last Sunday, and this was one of the verses I read when it came around to me. After reading through it, our leader asked if anything stood out to us.
Ha ha. It's nice to see someone put it bluntly like this. Of course there are benefits to waiting patiently, but there's also a measure of 'heart-sickness' that goes with waiting for something that you passionately desire.
My life is pretty full right now, between teaching, church activities, knitting, and, oh yeah, two little kids and a house to keep. :) My sister is here, and my brother has moved down here too. The holiday season is coming too, November looks like a fun movie month, and however it happens, this part of the year often feel like a train barreling down the tracks.
I stay busy and try not to think about it, but the moments still creep up on me. And I get that thought--maybe TODAY we will see some files. Maybe TODAY we will see her face. And it really strikes my heart--she's there and not here.
I will keep this image in my mind instead: A tree, planted in China, soon to be transplanted here, growing into a tree of life.