Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone on the east is surviving the storm. Last week, my mom wrote a fabulous blog post for Changing Seasons. I liked it so much, I thought it was most certainly worth re-posting over here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
Disappointment-There are days when it seems to follow me around.
I am disappointed because people don’t do what I want them to do; disappointed because I carefully wrote an email and hoped for a particular response and I got no response at all.
I eat the wrong things, don’t walk enough, pray enough, clean enough, I’m not kind enough, I spend too much money…and in this chaos, disappointment creeps in.
What’s a girl to do?
This will sound religious, simple and maybe trite, but it is true:
My best mornings always begin when I read the Bible before I read anything else-newspapers, emails, catalogs, texts, etc.
By looking to God before we look to the world, He has the chance to speak to our uncluttered hearts and minds. TV, radio and news only add to the stress of the morning. God filters the world instead of the world filtering God.
This morning, disappointed was the word of my day before sunrise. It is a cloudy reality, which colors so much of how I feel and respond to the rest of my day. The more I think about disappointments, they begin to multiply in number and in size. Nagging disappointments grow and become larger than life and their increasing presence adds to my frustrations.
The cure? Here it is.
This is a treasure trove on inspiration and information. This morning, I went to their site and hit the button that will took me to “Key word search” (http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/
) I typed in Disappointment and so many interesting insights popped up. I like to look in a variety of translations-The Message, The New International Version, the New Living Translation and occasionally a Spanish translation to remind me of my college days.
Romans 5:5-And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
I am reminded that when I put my trust and hope in God, I will not be disappointed because he dearly loves me. God’s gift of the Holy Spirit will fill our hearts. If the Holy Spirit fills my heart, there is a lot less room for disappointment and discouragement. After reading these words, I simply pray, “God, thank you for your faithful love. Thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. Please fill my heart with your love.” Don’t you feel better already? I do.
Proverbs 13:12- Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life is the next verse that I write down. Yes, I know all about hope deferred and a sick heart.To me, this is another word for unanswered prayer. There are so many good prayers that we pray. Healings, jobs, children, failures, marriages, are the first that come to mind. Unanswered prayer can be so disappointing. If I let my emotions dominate, the disappointments lead me away from the truth of the great love and faithfulness of God and into my own puny world filled with thoughts all about me.
There is a great solution to combatting disappointments.
After an important prayer, I have learned to say “Thank you, Lord for hearing my prayer. Thank you for loving me. Thank you that you have everything under control. Thank you that you have a plan and a purpose for everything under heaven. Thank you, thank you, thank you…..”
Disappointments are dissolved by gratitude. Remembering to look to God instead of myself is a key to battling consuming disappointment. My disappointments and frustrations are self-centered. They are usually emotional and not factual.
My search in the disappointment led me to a new word—hope. Back to biblegateway.com/keyword/ HOPE is the new word. God is our hope in every situation that we face. There is nothing that we will ever face that is beyond the reach and power of God.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the LORD their God. Psalm 146:5
But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. Jeremiah 17:7
The best solution for disappointments are found in various parts of the Bible. God’s love for us never ceases. It is unending. Every morning, his love is new. A new day brings us a fresh start in receiving God’s love. When we hope in God we will never be disappointed. As we hope and follow God’s plan, it will lead us to a place of promise, safety and a future.
There is so much more for us to learn. For me, the best cure for disappointment is the picture in Isaiah 40:31-but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Early in her career, Oprah Winfrey was taken off the air in Baltimore, where she’d been given a shot at a talk show. Says Oprah: “I have learned that failure is really God’s way of saying, ‘Excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction’.”
Take it from God or take it from Oprah. God has a great plan and future and a hope for each one of us. Don’t be afraid to seek for it, find it and follow it. If you don’t try, you might miss something wonderful.