The knot in the pit of my stomach reminded me of my disappointment. “Lord, what do you want me to learn from this” I prayed. The disappointment was nothing earth shaking, but something I had looked forward to. Something I’d spent money, time and effort on, and it had not lived up to its billing. Now it was installed and part of my life.
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I sensed the Lord asking me to trust Him. As I reviewed the facts I realized Larry and I had done our research, sought God’s leading, and done the best we could with the knowledge we had. One of the purchases met our expectation; there had been no way to predict that the second one would not. The lesson for me was to trust God with what I could not understand.
I don’t like to make mistakes. I know you don’t either. Sometimes I let things I can’t control gnaw at me.
Letting go of my mistakes and trusting God to use them for my good and His glory is where faith meets life (Rom. 8:28).
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In the car I thanked God for being in control. I thanked Him that His will for me was perfect (Romans 12:2) even when it didn’t make sense to me. I told Him that I would choose to trust Him with it.
Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning came to mind. When Frankl suffered in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, he started viewing his and his companions’ suffering through a scientific lens. Picturing being able to share those lessons after his release brought meaning to his life. If a scientific lens could help Frankl find meaning and survive wartime horror, surely a spiritual lens can help me overcome my disappointments.
Knowing that my experience would not be wasted if I chose to trust God renewed my hope. Faith pleases and honors God. Knowing God uses all things to help us become more like Christ means nothing we go through is wasted (Rom. 8:28-29).
Trust is developed through use. Problems of any size are opportunities to grow stronger and know God better. Joy and peace are the byproduct of trusting Him (Rom. 15:13).
Why would I allow something small or large to rob my peace when God offers me overflowing hope and joy?
What is burdening you? A disappointment, mistake, a loss, or problem? Join me in the adventure of faith as we develop the habit of living our faith.
Our response to disappointment is often more important than the mistake that created our letdown. For me, this usually means exchanging regret for thanksgiving.
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