Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
I think of Islam as hope deferred and Christ as desire fulfilled. Christ in His Reign is living water on dry ground, causing the seed of the Gospel to sprout. But those sprouts which first shoot up must be cultivated and continually watered.
I see the garden in our back yard which we entrusted to the Lord’s care for a few days while we traveled to Canada for their day. They Lived! How much more must we trust our souls into the care of our Maker that we might live and enjoy the fullness!
I think of the many singles who used to be Muslims and who now follow Jesus who long to be married to a saint from their own culture. Their hearts ache and cry out. Hagar groans to be married fully. Sinai seeks her Savior, but is told, “Islam or else!”
Loneliness could have made the garden a desert, were it not for love that brought Adam someone to love. He had to sleep. I remember all too well the loneliness I once experienced and the turmoil & sickness of soul it brought.
Love is costly. Let us pray for some who are already married to change their allegiance to Jesus (wives & daughters especially) so that future generations will be raised in the nurture & admonition of the Lord, from cradle to beyond the grave. Love never fails. If we love our brothers & sisters in the Muslim majority part of the world, we will pray for them to be put into families of saints (saved sinners).