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Dealing With Disappointment

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Proverbs 13:12. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Every single person reading this has felt disappointment in their lives. Disappointment is no respecter of persons, age, or personality. Children, teens, and adults fall victim to this unique facet of heartache.

Maybe you feel disappointed right now.  

Disappointment means unfulfilled expectation.

I can think of so many times in my life when my goals, opportunities, or my future did not happen the way I expected. Disappointment floods a persons heart with grief and many times evokes tears.

In The Message, the same scripture says “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.”

I am certain that some of you are disappointed right now because you’ve lost your job, or your graduation has been cancelled, or the wedding you’ve been planning has been postponed.

Even if we took COVID-19 out of the picture, you may have expected 2020 to be a lot different than last year, but you’re still be struggling with the same thing, or going through a similar issue in your life. When we are disappointed  in ourselves, it’s burdensome and encumbers us from pursuing God to a greater degree because when we face a failure, we oftentimes think we are a failure—but making a mistake doesn’t mean you are a mistake.

The latter part of this scripture is so important. It says, “but a sudden good break can turn life around.” 

What is that sudden good break? It’s the peace of God and it’s the realization that your hopes and dreams were small in comparison with God’s plan and purpose for your life. When God brings fulfillment into your life, you will be grateful for the past disappointments because He blesses you with the best. It will turn your life around. 

So, whatever is disappointing you today or whatever has disappointed you in your past, I encourage you to give it to the Lord because the word of the Lord says that a sudden turn is coming. 

Prayer: Lord, thank you for Your faithfulness to Your people and Your church. You are aware of every disappointment. Help me to trust You during my heartache and believe that You have a plan in everything. 

 

Angela Overton

Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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    • Angela Overton

      It sure does, Steffanie! Every part of our story is important, even the pages we want to throw away. Thank you for saring your post, too! 🙂