Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5
How would you define disappointment? According to Wikipedia, disappointment is a “feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations or hopes to manifest.” Dr. Bill Thrasher suggested another definition he once heard: “Disappointment is God’s way of dimming the glamour of the world and deepening our ability to enjoy Him.”
Of all our emotions, disappointment can hit us the hardest. It’s a form of destroyed hope, delayed expectation, failed plans, and abandoned dreams. Think of a young woman whose boyfriend leaves her, a couple whose hope for pregnancy is crushed, an actor whose show is cancelled, an entrepreneur whose business fails, or a high school student who doesn’t make the team.
Sturdy faith processes the disappointments of life and recognizes that if God doesn’t allow us to achieve a goal, it’s because He has a different and a better plan. Disappointment can be God’s way of showing us a better way. Yes, that takes raw faith, but we have an unfailing God!
The Lord allows us to go through disappointments not to frustrate us but to… lead us into a greater intimacy with Him and giving us what we really desire. Bill Thrasher