Disappointment

The phone rings. It’s a friend or relative who was due to arrive soon for a visit.  Suddenly there is bad news. The flight was cancelled. Someone was sick. Covid strikes again.  A different reason. That’s just one of the scenarios that brings disappointment into our lives.

It’s almost impossible to go through life without being disappointed at one time or another. Sometimes the disappointment is through circumstances within our control or brought about by wrong expectations. Often the disappointment comes through circumstances not turning out the way we wanted them to. But occasionally the disappointment becomes something deeper. It turns to sadness and on occasions grief and despair.

How do we deal with disappointment?

There is an old adage which says when life throws lemons at you, make lemonade. That is, we have to look at the circumstances and decide what can be done to make the best of bad deal.

But it isn’t always that easy. Sometimes life sends us a really bad deal and the outcome seems impossible to control.

Where do you turn when all around appears to going downhill fast and picking up speed? You can turn to friends but the more friends you seek help from the more options you will be offered.

There is one friend you can turn to who can always be relied upon for sound reasoning, sound advice and firm assurance that He will be there when you need Him.

In the book of Psalms in the Bible we find these words in Psalm 121 

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
He will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

The first line of this Psalm has often been misunderstood with people believing their help comes from the hills or the mountains but we have to read on to find the true source of our help – verse 2 says My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

To set the Psalm in context it was written to read out as pilgrims walked up the long ascent from the Kidron Valley to Jerusalem for one of the annual festivals.

The Psalm is full of assurances the God (The Lord) is with us throughout our trials and tribulations.

This past two years has brought many disappointments to each and every one of us – flights cancelled, family visits cancelled, holidays cancelled etc, etc. 

Where do you turn when disappointment shows its face yet again? Do you turn to friends and acquaintances or do you turn to God? The advice we get from friends varies and can be inconsistent but the help and advice from God is constant and true. Again, from the Bible the book of Hebrews tells us in chapter 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

There is only one true source of help when we are disappointed or let down by friends or circumstances and that is Jesus.

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