God Understands Disappointment
Disappointment is…well…disappointing. Sometimes a matter so genuinely affects our heart that it can actually bring grief and fill us with an ache so profound that a sadness and deep disappointment ensues. I think at this time of year especially, with the holidays surrounding us—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day—we feel our disappointments more poignantly than at other times of the year.
There seems to be an expectation within our hearts that these holidays will be full of warmth and family and friends, and we anticipate making memories that will be cherished and smiled about for years to come…but sometimes it just doesn’t happen that way or maybe it does, but it comes differently…perhaps in unexpected pieces and parts.
For me, I am enveloped by particular sadness and disappointment today. I feel the loss of my father more keenly right now than I did the last Christmas season. And, I am unexpectedly unable to spend Christmas services with my church family, whom I love so very much. Both of these have brought real grief and filled my heart with tears the last couple of days.
For some you…you will be facing sadness and disappointments this season, as well—unexpected circumstances, disagreements, separation from loved ones…you name it, but here is the good news. No matter our situation—our concerns, fears, frustrations, grief or disappointments—Jesus understands.
Isaiah 53:2b-4 says: “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.”
Despised and rejected…familiar with suffering and pain. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, knows and understands our disappointments and sorrows, and not only does he understand, He actually took OUR pain and suffering upon Himself. He took our sin AND our sorrows…so difficult to understand but so thankful that this is true.
This season…let’s rest in the Lord. Let’s allow Him to embrace us with His love. If you are experiencing heartache and disappointment of any kind…give it to Him, and I will, too. He understands, and He will shower us with His grace and mercy as He carries us through the season.
FBC Aztec Member