When I was training for ministry, I planned to have a dual ministry as a musician and a pastor. Years of working with choirs made this seem to be an obvious direction for my future. The ministry committee that had my future in their hands disagreed, telling me I had to pick pastoring or music. Words weren’t adequate to describe my disappointment. I obeyed the committee, but did so, at first, with deep resentment.
Forty plus years later, I still shake my head at my stubbornness. My mentors made the right decision. If I’d demanded to work as a choir director/organist/pastor, I’d have lost most of my ministry when severe arthritis put an end to playing the organ. These men who had so disappointed me were doing God’s work!
My serious disappointment was in my prideful plans, not the Lord’s perfect plan.
The dream in my heart didn’t match the plan God had in store for me. Whenever you confront disappointment, don’t see it as the end of the road for you. It may be a vital alteration in your plans, so that you can follow the Lord’s guidance. Disappointment isn’t a destination. It can be the redirection of our life’s map, putting us on the right road.
If you’re ever disappointed, Hand your frustration over to the Lord and keep on with the direction he provides.
The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
Don’t abandon me, for you made me. Psalm 138:8