by Rev. Tom Gray
We face many disappointments in life. When they happen, it can seem like the end of hope. When I was preparing for the ministry, the committee responsible for my ordination and placement declared that I change my course of study. It was a bitter pill for me to swallow and I was angry for the better part of a year.
Later I truly came to see that I’d have failed if I had gotten my own way. What seemed like ruin became redemption.
If you’re alive you’ll face disappointment. Faith has taught me that if God blocks one road it’s often that He’s leading us to a better one. Even if we don’t see or sense a better road, we’re not cut off from opportunities. When Moses was blocked from entering the Promised Land, he told Joshua, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
I look back and smile at some of the bad ideas I thought were so smart. God’s wisdom is always the best way, and we need a positive attitude of obedience to Him. We will be disappointed if our chosen path seems blocked, but God’s way is best.
In order to discover His way, study His Word. Pray frequently for guidance. Seek out other believers to support you as you struggle to find the right paths. And never lose hope.
Eliza Tabor wrote, “Dissappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.”