Fractured relationships, jobs that don’t come through, a sick body that doesn’t get well, or maybe a grandson’s team loses the game . . . disappointment comes in many colors and sizes.
We’ve all been there. But we can’t stay there. We know where it can take us.
I’ve spoken to a few broken ones in the past few days that are there now – right in the deep of needing hope. Have you noticed if we stand on the step of disappointment too long, we can easily fall down a flight of despair and land face down on the bottom of depression and desperation?
Our soul gets bruised when we’ve been beaten – it shows up in our posture and countenance.
Maybe you’re there now . . . I understand. When I’m there, I run to the shelter of the psalms to visit David.
He gets it.
David knew that others would let him down, he knew he would let his human-self down, and there were times when he felt that even God had let him down. Oh, you haven’t?
As he scribbled the psalms, the force behind his pen was an aching heart of disappointment and discouragement. But, he knew the way out. In God alone.
For God alone my soul waits in silence, from Him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and fortress and I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1, 2
No matter what is happening in your world or mine right now, God alone can make the difference. When disappointments become bigger than God, we need to shift our focus.
But how, when circumstances are blocking our view?
Like David, I’ve found a way to shift my gaze is to pray it out and write it out in my journals. And cover it with a Word of hope, the anecdote for disappointment.
If it were a pill, we’d take it.
Hope does not disappoint because God has been poured out into our hearts.Romans 5:5
The word hope means favorable confident expectation and the happy anticipation of good. (elpis #1680).
My prayer for you . . . that you will confidently expect good today . . . and tomorrow.