A Longing Fulfilled

A Longing Fulfilled
Over the fourth of July weekend, my wife, Terri and I traveled to Collegeville, Pennsylvania. We went so that I could conduct a wedding service for a young couple. It was an outdoor wedding service. The wedding party, their families and friends gathered together to be in the wedding as witnesses to the ceremony. As the service was going through its different elements, Adam, the groom, had said his vows to Hilary, the bride. Then Hilary said her vows to Adam and I declared them to now be husband and wife. Before I could continue with the service, the bride threw her arms around her new husband’s neck, full of excitement and letting the anticipated energy of getting married that had built up over their year-long engagement go in one beautiful act of love and joy!
This couple’s longing, their anticipation, their dream of a future together was fulfilled in part by their wedding service. The Scriptures say: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12 NIV). All human beings have longings, dreams, and anticipations about life. When these are fulfilled, as with the couple above, there is joy and satisfaction.
In the lives of many people today, there are longings about relationships, there are dreams wanting to be fulfilled. God longs for His creation to be in relationship with Him. He desires all to come to Him. God loves us so much He sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might have real life.
Maybe you are longing for God. Like the new bride who yearned to embrace her new husband, so you too may be waiting to embrace the everlasting arms of God! Fulfilling that longing will not only bring you a tree of life, but also a tree of everlasting life!
God bless you,
Dr. C. Gregory Darden, pastor
Faith Presbyterian Church