This week in Orlando, Florida, a very special conference is being held by my publishers….Influence Resources. I am SO sad to have to miss this!
Originally it was intended that I’d be signing my books there and meeting many people who have also published books with this amazing company. I could have learned so much, made so many new friends and had new experiences. Indeed, I find myself at times wistfully daydreaming about the Florida sunshine as I contemplate what a great gathering they are having there…without me! Being winter here in Sydney definitely doesn’t help matters!
But I’m needed here right now. Sometimes life just doesn’t go the way I planned it. And it’s disappointing.
“The feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations”...that’s how my dictionary describes what’s going on right now for me. When I expect one thing, and it turns out that it doesn’t happen quite that way. Often, dealing with disappointment can leave us depleted in many ways…our energy levels drop and our hearts dwell on the negative rather than the positive things of life. We can become withdrawn and treat others differently, often as though it’s their fault!
In the chapter of my book, Dancing With My Daddy, called The Team, I tell the story of a 10 year old immigrant girl and her disappointment. A day when things definitely didn’t go as she wanted them too.
“How do you overcome disappointment when an earthly father lets you down? Well, many of us learn that lesson early, and this story is just one of the many that could illustrate the point. You might say, “But every one lets their kids down. Just get over it!” And of course, you would be right. But when we ‘just get over it’ we tend to bury the hurt along with the incident.
And many people have incidents of ‘let down’ that are so much greater than this one, but the hurt always goes down deep, with its descent gathering to itself every other time that we have been let down. The package lands with a resounding thump at the bottom of our hearts, that heavy combination of weary hurt affirming our lack of esteem on the inside. And there it sits, sinker-like, as in the depths of an ocean of broken dreams, waiting for the Discoverer to dig it out of the deep hiding place, exposing it to the Light that heals.
The trouble is that hurt is a bit like nuclear waste: it takes a very, very long time to break down, if ever, without a miracle. ..”
The miracle is, of course, that Jesus can heal our disappointments. I am believing for the complete healing of someone very close to me at present. And whether we can acknowledge that our simple disappointments in the every day are just as important to surrender to the Healer as these massive needs that life brings to us at times, we must remember that all of us face them, on whatever scale, every day.
Disappointments – they can even cause us to think of ‘giving up’.
But giving up cannot be on our list of options.
2 Corintihians 4:8 says this: “When I am pressed on every side by troubles, I am not crushed and broken. When I am perplexed because I don’t know why things happen as they do, I don’t give up and quit.”
And now….excuse me as I spend some time choosing my ‘better option’. For me it’s time to listen to some uplifting music, thank God for His intervention in my life, and think on the future.