As humans, we face disappointments regularly. Something doesn’t go our way, or something doesn’t work out the way we planned, and we’re let down. It’s part of life.
As a child, I would get disappointed when my parents wouldn’t let me have sleepovers on school nights. Looking back, I understand that it was for my own good so that I would be well rested and alert at school.
Our family was disappointed summer of 2015 when my husband’s company went through some changes and had to sell the property where we were living at the time.
We had to move out of our apartment and relocate, which was not very fun, especially since we had a new baby, but that just opened new and better opportunities for our family.
I experienced a disappointment just last week when I found out our move would have to be postponed. Something about construction inspections, and the building not being quite ready.
Maybe I overreacted, but I was so upset! I already packed a lot of our things, we already purchased the airline tickets, and I was just so excited! And so, after receiving the news, I was discouraged.
But, as with all disappointments, it’s just something that you have to come to terms with, and remember that it’s only temporary.
So instead of staying disappointed, I’m just going to have faith. I’m going to believe that everything will work out, that we will move when we need to move, and that God will always provide.
And who knows, maybe there was a specific reason things happened exactly this way. Maybe this way, we avoided other disappointments or hardships, like a car accident, or faulty plumbing in the new place. 🙂
I know that these examples are fairly mild and that many people go through much worse, disappointments that I can’t even fathom.
Sometimes, there is no upside to disappointment, or at least not one that we can see. Sometimes, big or small, disappointment is just that, and you just have to move past it, and have faith that the next chapter of your life will be positive.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Faith can move mountains, and faith can get you through the many disappointments life throws your way.
Remember that next time you’re discouraged, and try to have faith.
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