Disappointment

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“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.“ Psalm 34:18 (NKJV)

Disappointment can be hard. Depending on the source, anger, frustration, or sadness may accompany this inconvenient emotion.

What do you do when what you hoped would happen is either delayed or will never come? How do you handle the sting after the soar of hope has lost its wings? The bitterness of disappointment can bring tears to your eyes if you are honest. That downward pull in your chest can feel so heavy.

God knows how you feel, my friend, and He stands ready to comfort you with His love. Sometimes He promises your waiting won’t last forever. Other times, He holds you while the most painful parts pierce through you. He always has His ears open to what your heart needs to say, and the salve of His peace comforts you when you are ready to receive it.

Knowing God does not guarantee disappointment will never shadow your heart, but it does mean you have a safe place to process it. It means that though this fallen world means no one is immune to the stab of disappointment, it does not have to ruin you with despair. Joy may not come until the morning, but it will come. You will live to smile another day. Cry if you need to for now. Acknowledge what is true about how you feel, but don’t leave out the part about hope. For the child of God, hope is the period at the end of every sentence of disappointment. Even if what you hoped for never comes, you have a God Who will never leave. This is the victory that overcomes your present darkness: Christ is in you, with you, and for you, even when life’s road hosts the unwelcome guest of disappointment.

Published by georgiapointer

Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

5 thoughts on “Disappointment

  1. You are a blessing in promoting the Kingdom of God. Nothing will snatch you out of His hand.
    Grace & Peace,
    David

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