The Pains We Face: Disappointment

by Carolyn Hope

 “Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?'” (Exodus 15:22-24)

One of the most sinking sensations is that of disappointment. Hope deferred truly does make the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12). There is something about disappointment that makes colors seem duller, and our hearts feel heavier.

The Israelites experienced this shortly after becoming a free people. They had searched three long days in the scorching hot sun for water, and yet they found nothing. Then in the distance, an oasis appeared! All the Hebrews rushed to the pools of water, relieved to finally have found some respite for their parched and dangerously dehydrated bodies. But as they cupped their hands full of water and took a long drink, they tasted a deep bitterness; it was so revolting that they couldn’t bear to drink it. How did these people respond? They grumbled and complained.

Disappointment is going to come into your life. Maybe you won’t get any of the jobs you earnestly applied for and desperately need, or perhaps you were hoping for a relationship to go a certain direction, and it doesn’t. It could even be something simple and small, like finding out Chick-fil-a is closed because it’s Sunday. The disappointing circumstances in your life don’t matter as much as the way you respond to them. Will you dwell in your disappointment, and become irritable or frustrated, or will you push through the moment of pain, and trust God to work it for your good? God has a way of redeeming the irredeemable. He knows how to rebuild broken bridges. He is greater than whatever disappointment you’re facing. Let Him into your pain, and He will heal it. Will you give Him freedom to move in your heart today?

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