Lessons We Can Learn from Disappointment Enter to win a 3-book bundle!
Hi friend! My Proverbs 31 devotion today, titled Don’t Stay Stuck in a Chapter of Disappointment, is likely one anyone can relate to regardless of circumstances.
Disappointment is defined as “sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations.” Who hasn’t experienced their hopes and dreams not coming true at one point or another? Who hasn’t been let down when their expectations didn’t become a reality? Disappointment is something we all have to deal with from time to time. It’s just a part of life.
In my case, and in the subject of today’s devotion, although I’ve certainly experienced my fair share of disappointments, my biggest disappointment in life was rooted in becoming divorced several years ago. I never expected or wanted that for my life or my family, yet, it happened nonetheless. Disappointment and sadness plagued my heart and mind for months, which turned into a couple years, until finally I came to a point where I believed I could trust God, even though His plans did not line up with the expectations I had for my future. The journey is often hard and long though.
Maybe your disappointment comes from a similar situation like mine, or maybe from something entirely different. In fact, maybe this past year alone has brought on more disappointment than you ever thought possible. Due to the pandemic, weddings were cancelled, birthday celebrations avoided, holidays interrupted, memorials services postponed and graduations occurred virtually. Honestly, 2020 can probably be marked up as the “year of disappointments” worldwide.
Regardless of what caused our disappointment, it hurts, unmet expectations bring frustration and resulting sadness can steal our joy. All too often we get so stuck in those feelings, we have a hard time pushing past them and even begin to doubt if God really does know what’s best for our lives. This doubt fueled disappointment opens the door for negativity and bitterness to set in deep and impact our hearts and minds long term.
But if we have to try to look for one good thing from the past year that we’ve possibly learned from all the hardships we’ve endured, it is how to deal with disappointment, emerge from it and build resilience in the wake. Here are a few things I’ve learned which we can do to push past disappointment and cling to joy no matter what we find ourselves facing.
- Let yourself feel. It’s okay to be disappointed, even angry. Do something creative to help you put your feelings on paper, whether through words or scribbled pictures. Feel what you are feeling and know it will eventually pass.
- Talk with others about your feelings to gain perspective. Listen to wise counsel. Sometimes seeing our situations and disappointments through the eyes of someone else helps us look at things differently. Friends can also help you look for that silver lining when your own heart is broken to see it.
- Stay grounded in the promises of God. Don’t forget He has good plans for you … He knows what is best for you and your life … He will never leave you or forsake … He catches every tear … He understands your feelings … And the list goes on. Avoid letting disappointment become a stumbling block in your faith.
Disappointment is never fun, but we all have to deal with it the best we can! Thankfully as believers we have our Savior to help us soothe the pain until He fills us with new hope and peace about what is to come.
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