Disappointment is a frustrating emotion. Yet everyday, each of us deals with it to one degree or another. There’s the disappointment of a disobedient child, disappointment at an unkept promise, disappointment at spiritual failures (my life and others)… the list goes on and on. Sometimes these disappointments are easy to “get over” because they are minor. Some catch us by surprise and send a blow right to our souls.
Today, I have had a disappointment that surprised me. A young mother let me know she wasn’t coming to our Bible Study anymore for unknown reasons. I was speechless (which is hard to imagine, I know). I don’t know where it falls on the scale, but my heart is quite sorrowful now. When it first happened, I called a friend to she what she could do. Then it hit me – I should have taken it to my Closest Friend first. But I didn’t. I immediately sought for help from someone who has no real power to change a heart or bring peace. How foolish I was! I realized immediately after hanging up the phone that I had set my priorities wrong… again. So I prayed to the Lord about the situation, and you know what? Peace came. Yes, I am still saddened by the situation, but I know that He who can change a stone wall into soft clay is going to take care of it one way or another.
So let me encourage you as you face disappointments each day: lay them at the feet of the only One who can do anything about them – God. Not only that, but rest in His Promises concerning the disappointments that come into our lives. Here are a few verses that the Lord brought to mind:
Psalm 55:22 – “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain Thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Psalm 61:2 – “From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Psalm 73:26 – “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.”
John 16:33b – “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I (Jesus) have overcome the world.”
Thy will, O God, not mine be done
I cannot see afar.
The trials, whether great or small,
Thou seest as they are.
Thy will is best, tis there I rest
In shadow or in sun.
My prayer to thee shall ever be
Thy perfect will be done.