Monday, March 12, 2012

Dancing in the Shadow of Disappointment

What do you do when disappointment threatens to ruin an otherwise promising day?  Many of us cave into the painful and destructive emotions of sorrow, anger, and regret and throw up our hands in hopeless defeat.  We figure, why keep putting one foot in front of the other if all we have to look forward to are sore toes that have been trampled under the disappointments of life?

As children of God, we are not immune to these negative responses simply because of whose we are.  We are his, but we are human.  Still, God's plan for us is not that we wallow in self-pity, which we sometimes are prone to do, but that we look for the blessings in our seemingless negative circumstances and that we dance in the shadow of our disappointments.

"But how can I do that?"  you ask.  "What you are suggesting is humanly impossible."  Ah, that is true!  But with God, all things are possible (Mark 10:27).  God never promised us that life on this earth would be easy, even though we are his children!  But he has given us many promises in his Word to sustain and enable us to live joyfully if we will but believe that what he says is true. 

God's "no" is almost always for our benefit.  If we can trust in his goodness and in all that he has promised, then we can know with certainty that he has a better plan for us than anything we can ask or imagine.  Jeremiah 29:11 says, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'"  If you love God and you know he loves you, then why not put your faith in his promises and dare to live joyfully in spite of your disappointment?

Laura Story released a song entitled "Blessings," which really drives this point home.  I hope you'll take a few minutes to listen to it and to find a reason to thank God in all circumstances, even the disappointing ones.

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