Have you ever experienced disappointment?
Over the past 15 years that I have been working in Church ministry there has been one companion that has walked beside me more often than most. His name is disappointment.
I first met him when I began leading a small community church. I felt that God was calling me to significant ministry, and prophetic words from others confirmed what God was saying to me directly. I was excited, I was expectant, but I soon found myself disappointed.
The problem was present reality kept slapping me in the face. What I felt in my heart and what I saw with my eyes were miles apart. For the first 10 years I was very good at picking myself up, strengthening myself in the Lord and carrying on. Disappointment confronted me but its effect was only fleeting.
Eventually though, I experienced a moment in time when I couldn’t find the strength to continue. I was done. I was frustrated. I was angry. I was sad. I embraced disappointment, and before long I lost all hope. I wrestled with depression. I couldn’t see the point in a life without vision and purpose.
I gave up, but God didn’t give up on me. He stayed close, and when I was ready He took me by the hand and led me out.
It’s so easy to read the bible stories and find years of life summed up in a few verses. How was it for Joseph, a man of vision who ended up in prison? Or David, a man called to be a king after God’s own heart, who spent years running for his life eventually resorting to hiding among Israel’s enemies for fear of what Saul would do to him. You can only find disappointment if you leave the story half read, but thankfully it is only that: half the story.
There’s a road to your destiny, and God is travelling with you down it. What we don’t always expect are the number of turn offs on the way. Some are good roads, some are filled with disappointment. The disappointing turns end up in dead ends. But let me give you a bit of advice if you find yourself looking at the dead end of the road. Turn around!
That dead end is not where your story ends. Put your hand in God’s hand and say “Daddy God, it’s over to you, help me”.
When you run out of road and the strength to continue, He is the one who wants to grab your hand and lead you out.There are times on our journey when we don’t have a clue where the next step will take us, but there is One who does, and He has our hand firmly in His. Sometimes the most powerful prayer has only four letters: HELP.
Today I believe that God wants to carry you out from those dead end places of disappointment. Why don’t you join me for a moment in His presence:
Where are you facing disappointment?
Picture yourself standing looking at that dead end road. Take hold of Daddy God’s hand really hard, look Him in the eye and say “help!”
Feel how He smiles at you with kindness and compassion, how He looks at you with the love of a Father. Now let Him turn you around.
See the road heading off into the distance? You may not know where it’s heading, but look how it’s brighter. Hope is lighting it, and that’s where God is leading you.
Feel His fingers around yours. Feel the strength that’s giving you. Look Him in the eyes. He’s speaking to you. He wants to give you hope. What is He saying?
Take a moment and write down what He says to you.
Do you have other places of disappointment? Do the same exercise for each dead end you are stuck in.
When you are done, take a moment to thank Daddy God. Your journey does not end in a dead end. Disappointments come, but they don’t need to be our destination. God has got good roads for you to travel, and He is excited to be leading you there by the hand.
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