No one likes disappointment. I know I don’t. There’s something so cruel about getting your hope up only to have it crushed in one quick, fatal blow.

If you’re like me, you probably find yourself saying the right things to try and soften the blow, but deep in your heart, you know there’s some disappointment you need to navigate through.

Disappointment chips away at our faith if we don’t learn to navigate it well.

We heard a sermon recently about navigating through disappointment and you know, as the points were given and the prayers were prayed, I found myself breathing a sigh of relief.

It’s okay to be disappointed. It’s okay to feel all the feels attached to that disappointment. 

I know that’s not the real spiritual/scriptural response to being disappointed.  But the emotions attached to disappointment are real and must be felt then navigated through. So we talk about the disappointment.  We give voice to it.  We feel it, acknowledge it and process through it.

We’ve been here in Waynesville for over two and half years now. And you know what? Things haven’t gone the way we thought they would or even the way they presented at first. It’s easy to get frustrated, disappointed and even want to quit or give up trying.

And we have been disappointed.  We have been frustrated. We’ve felt all the feels that come with that.

But now we stop and look at things from a more heavenly perspective and realize that

  • Two and half years isn’t even a blink of an eye in God’s timing.
  • When He says no, that usually means there’s a better yes coming.
  • All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose {Romans 8:28}.

So we choose to try and see things from His perspective; and we continue to stay aligned with the last directive we recieved.

Along with that, we also connect with these two points {from the sermon we heard this week}:

  1. Stay at the table
  2. Keep your Yes on

What does that mean?

Staying at the table simply means staying in community and staying in His presence.  Psalm 23:5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. That’s a powerful statement.  Even when things look bleak, we can still pull up to His table and feast, be in communion with Him, draw from the strength of community.

Keep your Yes on simply means that no matter what happens, we are still readily available to do whatever He says, when He says it — even if we can’t see the bigger picture, even if we are disappointed that things didn’t go the way we thought they would.  We simply say Yes. While that sounds easy, it definitely is a discipline for us.  Keeping our Yes on when we feel sad or frustrated inside sometimes means professing it out loud with our mouth even if our hearts are crying out differently.

We choose.

Every day we choose.

Some days that’s choosing to venture out and meet new people.
Some days that’s choosing to trust Him for financial provision.
Today we’re choosing to navigate through disappointment – and navigate through it well.

How about you? Have you had something happen recently that disappointed you? Can you take a moment and simply ask Papa to help you stay at the table and keep your yes on?!  You can do it!

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (Message)
So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.

 

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