For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8, 9
I read a true life story of a man (Mr. Clark) who desired to relocate his family to America. He had all necessary plans in place. Therefore, he sold all his properties and purchased travel tickets for his family. Just a week before their departure, his son was bitten by a dog. When the doctors examined him, they discovered that he had contacted rabies. As result, he was kept in a secluded ward for two weeks. When the boy was eventually discharged, the ship that was to convey them to America had already departed. Devastated, Mr. Clark became very angry with God for allowing the dog bite his son. Few days later, (April 15, 1912) news broke that the same ship that was to convey Mr. Clark and his family to America had sunk in the ocean and everyone on board died. Reality dawned on Mr. Clark that, if he had been on that ship, he with his family would have perished in the ocean too.
The above story is synonymous with what most people go through in life – disappointments and betrayals. Most often, the blame is being heaped on God for allowing such things happen. Some even question God’s faithfulness and power to truly watch over His own. Despite whatever we may feel, nothing can ever change who God is. He is Almighty!
Through personal experiences and bible references, I have come to understand that, there is always a reason behind every disappointment we face as God’s children. ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose’. – Romans 8:28
Disappointment is not entirely negative as people see it.
- It keeps us from making costly mistakes.
- It preserves us from unseen danger.
- It eliminates pretentious people from our lives.
- It toughens and builds our character.
- It teaches us patience.
- It builds our dependence upon God.
In the case of Joseph in the scriptures, he must have felt so disappointed when the butler was released from prison according to his dream interpretation. He promised to help Joseph but forgot all about him as soon as he entered the palace – It was all divinely arranged. Do you feel some persons who are supposed to help you are not forthcoming? True help comes only from God. Are you feeling disappointed about something that you even prayed so much for which didn’t come to pass? I have been there before, it happens to people all the time. On the long run, you will understand why you are experiencing these unbearable delays. I have learnt that:
- God does not make mistakes – He is not a man.
- He knows the end from the beginning – He is omnipresent.
- His ways are not our ways – we are limited in our knowledge.
- For every disappointment we face, there is a reason behind it.
Instead of lying there all dejected and sad, arise and try again. Greater days and larger opportunities lie ahead.