In many ways, living with unfulfilled desires is not something I want to do. It’s difficult to long for something, to pray for something . . . and have to come to an acknowledgement that regardless of how much I may long for something, God very well may have a different plan. Yet, regardless of life’s season, it seems like no matter where I am in life, there will always be some unfulfilled desire. For now, it may be for marriage . . . but in other seasons it will be for something else.
Just like everything else in my life, I want my unfulfilled desires to drive me to God. It may be hard to live with unfulfilled desires . . . but God uses them.
William Cowper wrote a poem entitled “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” that addresses this issue beautifully. Please head over and read the entire poem; it talks a great deal about God’s purposes being worked out in difficult, challenging life circumstances. This particular stanza though stood out to me:
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Unfulfilled desires may indeed, or perhaps always, have a bitter taste. But God’s purposes will be at work, unfolding the bitter bud to reveal a beautiful, sweet flower.