This person abruptly changed their plans. Again. They’re known to do that. It’s always devastating when it happens. What I thought would be a peaceful and relaxing afternoon became filled with angst and caution. I was no longer free to pursue my agenda. I had to follow theirs. It would be a long afternoon.
Needless to say, disappointment sat in. Big time. Once again, they changed their plans. They didn’t realize that their initial plans fit perfectly into mine. The change in plans was so disappointing. I couldn’t even begin to tell them.
I think of the times I’ve disappointed others. I didn’t attend an event she had planned. I didn’t eat the food she had prepared. I couldn’t say the words they wanted to hear. I said words they never expected to hear me say. I wasn’t the friend she needed me to be. I didn’t buy the product they were selling. I didn’t laugh at the joke. I laughed when I shouldn’t have. The list is much longer. Longer than I care to admit.
I have been disappointed with God. Yes, I have. At times when I had asked for specific help, I was let down. Help that only God could give. When everything I prayed for happened opposite of how I had prayed. Why didn’t God come through when I needed him the most? Why didn’t he protect me from the hardships that kept piling on top of each other? Where was he? Couldn’t he see that I was doing my best? Was this a test? Would I still trust him when the hardships had ended? Would the hardships end?
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
I consider all the things God has done for me.
He asked his only son to die on a cross for me. He suffered. A lot. He paid a huge price for my sins.
When I asked God to forgive my sins, he did it. He knew my sins before they happened and he still forgave me. When he saw I was sorry for my sins, he forgave me without a second thought. The best part is that he forgot about those sins. It’s as if I had never sinned. That’s how great God is.
God has provided for all my needs. I have a home. A job. Plenty of food. Good health. Loving husband. Great friends. Wonderful family. There’s nothing I need.
I have made it through those hardships. God provided strength to get through them. He showed mercy when I needed it most.
God has created beauty in this world. Nature. Seasons. Galaxies. Animals. Architecture. Music. Art. Books.
God is preparing a place for me to live with him. He’s getting it ready for me. I’ve read that it’s out of this world. So full of beauty. And some of my loved ones are already there.
How can I be disappointed in a God who did all that for me? How can I be disappointed in a God how loves me deeply no matter what I do? How can I be disappointed in a God who is so patient with me?
I remember an old hymn that speaks to my soul.
Christ Is Not A Disappointment
I have found no satisfaction in the fleeting joys of earth
I had hewn me broken cisterns that had mocked me by their dearth
All the springs my soul had tested failed to meet my deepest need
Christ, alone, has met my longing, He has satisfied indeed!
Christ is not a disappointment! Every longing in my breast
Finds, in Him, complete fulfillment, He has brought me into rest
I have tested Him, and proved Him more than all I dreamed He’d be
Christ is not a disappointment, He is all in all to me!
I was tempted not to trust Him for so many things had failed
But so patiently He waited and His tenderness prevailed
So, I swung my heart’s door open, and His promises I tried
Christ is not a disappointment, He has fully satisfied!
I had tried the world for pleasure, but it could not satisfy.
Though it promised much, it failed me. All its wells and springs were dry…
Everything I tried was empty, and I thought my life was vain,
Then, He came and tuned my heartstrings,
And I learned to sing again.
Others will fail me. I will fail others. Hardships will come. Hardships will go. The sun will rise on a tough day. The sun will set on a beautiful day. Through the ups and downs of life, I have found it to be true. Christ is not a disappointment.