When hope is deferred, it means you had hope in something, or in someone, but then things didn’t work out and you had to let it go. Your hope was postponed, your dreams delayed.
It really sucks. It “makes the heart sick.” Being truly heartbroken can change us forever. We’ve all been there. Perhaps you didn’t expect to be let go from the job you depended on, or you didn’t get that loan you desperately needed. Losing a precious loved one to death can shake a person to their core. Chasing a lifelong dream, only to have one door close after another, might make you question your purpose. Maybe you really loved someone and saw a future with them, but then they walked away, taking your heart with them. Serious sickness and injury can also rob you of your hope, especially when you seem to take one step forward, then two steps back, while trying to mend.
Depending on the circumstances, and the extent of our resilience and the support system we have, these situations can be devastating. In our darkest nights, during our loneliest times, things may seem like they will never get better.
When life seems like it might shake the hope right out of me, it is at this time that I have to put down the tissues and gather my determination. I have to remember why I keep getting up and moving forward. For me, it’s my daughter. It’s my faith that God is still for me. It’s my sheer stubborn will to never yield! It is my hope. It just keeps rising up from somewhere deep within.
“A longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Even when your heart is sick, you don’t have to lose your hope! Those trying times might make you have to postpone it. Your dreams may be delayed. You might toss and turn every night and cry your eyes out every day, but then you start to heal. You will feel hope rise up again, if you don’t give up. And your tree of life will be worth the wait!