Living with what we have tried to imagine, but not realised in its fulness, is the experience of many, if not all of us. The reason for this happening is frequently beyond our control, or has simply happened because some other pressing matter has taken the time or resources that we could only use once, so the cherished plan has been left and life has carried on. King David was a case in point, and it is reflected in one of this morning’s psalms: Psalm 132. David had wanted to build a permanent home for the Ark of the Covenant - a house of God - and he came to understand that this was not to be. Solomon, as we know, brought this to completion during his reign, but David lost the opportunity.
This rather extreme example, does however beg the question as to how we deal with our lesser frustrations over incomplete projects. We can reach the point that we know that we have neither the strength nor perhaps no longer the motivation to move something on that we had hoped to in years previous, and so it is left, either for another to accomplish or for it to remain ever incomplete.
The Scriptures do help us to see the positive in this and the sense of release and fulfilment that comes with it, for so much in life is dependent of one sowing and another reaping; one remaining while another goes; one receiving while another gives, and so humanity is made up of complementary and inter-dependent individuals. We seem to go wrong when this sense is lost and we seek to become complete unto ourselves and throw up walls of separation. They work for a while, but in the end we succeed when we rely upon one another and celebrate our diversity of gifts - and willingness to share them.