Walking in Spirit: Disappointment
Philippians 4 vs 6 – 7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
A sister of mine sent me a text a few days ago, saying she was anxiously waiting to read what I would share that morning. “I need to be ministered to today”, she said, “I am so broken and disappointed.” She then told me how one of her children had disappointed her and how this child’s behavior had become a trend of continuously disappointing her all the time. We all face disappointment in our day-to-day lives, some major and others small. Some disappointments have the overall effect of completely altering our lives. One thing is however certain, the pain of disappointment is so distinct, it’s very depressing. As you try to process and understand the reasons behind it, you feel very hurt and let down and this can lead to constant bouts of depression and self-doubt.
I guess all of us have gone through these emotions at some stage in our life or we are yet to. One thing is certain though, life is made up seasons, it changes regularly depending on circumstances. Your disappointments today do not constitute a validation of how your life will turn out tomorrow. History has shown that you will come into difficulties at some stage but they will come to an end, the period of discomfort may be short or prolonged but ultimately, whatever you are dealing with shall come to pass.
Disappointments will come and go; family, friends and people in general will let you down at some point. These moments of agony do not define who you are. As human beings, we have a remarkable ability to adapt to any circumstance that we face or endure, if prolonged it can sometimes become the reality that we begin to know. It’s a bit like eating, your body can adapt to being exposed to plenty, or having just enough to get by.
Disappointment is also like that, as you adjust and accept the circumstances you cannot change, it become easier. You begin to break everything down, rationalize it and ultimately move on. Don’t hold on to pain; process it, learn from it and move on. Clinging to negative emotions will eventually make you a bitter person. Bitterness will sap the joy out of your life and make you only see the negative in any circumstance.
God, in His wisdom, created us in a manner that allows us to move on, if we choose to.
When you go through pain, don’t give up. Seek Him like you have never done before, get to know Him and His majesty.
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