Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 (NLT)
A dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Whether we realize it or not, all of us have dreams that have been fulfilled, desires that have come true. In small and big ways, God has been faithful to us.
Maybe you dreamed of having a close friend one day, and now you do. Or you dreamed of traveling someplace special, and you were able to go. Maybe your dream was going to college, and now you’re living that dream, slammed with exams and papers, reminding yourself that you asked for this! : )
If you’re going through a tough time, it may be hard to recognize things that have gone right for you, ways God has taken care of you. But if you really think about it, even in the midst of genuine pain, you can find things for which to be thankful. Do you live in a free country? Someone else right now is praying for that dream! Can you see this post written on the screen? Someone somewhere would give anything for the gift of sight. Did you eat today? Not everyone is so fortunate.
So my question is: When God answers a desire of your heart (big or small), are you letting it be a tree of life to you? Because many times we don’t. We’re quick to switch our focus back on what hasn’t happened yet, allowing our hearts to become sick because another hope still feels deferred.
Thanksgiving is coming this Thursday. Take a moment before then and write down every dream you have seen fulfilled, every desire you can think of that God has met. Again, jot down as many things as possible—major and minor. And let it each one be a tree of life for you, reminding you of His goodness and faithfulness, giving you a shaded place to rest from the heat of current problems.
Gratitude is powerful! It can usher in peace and contentment for today, plus confidence that your Heavenly Father will also take care of tomorrow. In fact, He already is, right now, regardless of what things look like or how you may feel! He loves you so very much. I pray that this Thanksgiving, you know it more than ever.
I’m praying for you this week!