For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
I was expecting to write this sitting on the couch in my living room. I would have the windows open looking at a blanket of snow on the ground. A hot cup of coffee would be on the coffee table with steam rolling gently off of it. Misty and Davidson would also be home because a “snow day” had been declared. We were prepared to enjoy a nice, wintry day together and maybe even have a snowball fight.
Now, I am writing this at the desk in my office. I’m looking out the window at green grass and the fellowship hall parking lot. There is a hot cup of coffee on my desk, but it doesn’t have the same feeling that my anticipated cup had. Misty and Davidson are enjoying a day at home, but there is no snowball fights and all roads are clear. (I did see about four snow lakes lazily fall from the sky on my way to the office this morning. So much for the anticipated snow storm!)
To be honest, I’m disappointed. I enjoy snowy days. As a former Yankee and Hoosier, I miss the beauty and peacefulness of a good snow. I miss the blanket of white that covers the ground. I miss snowball fights and building snowmen. I miss the hot cup of cocoa or coffee that feels so good after being outside in the wintry wonder. I miss reading a good book in my favorite chair while looking outside at a wintry snow scape. I miss snow, and now I’m disappointed in this dud of a snowstorm. My expectations were high. And now I’m living with the inevitable discouragement of unmet expectations.
Life can be disappointing. In perspective, a missed snow storm is a small disappointment. Life has much greater disappointments. You have experienced this. Among us there are failed marriages, infertility struggles, financial setbacks, consistent health struggles, work issues, parenting woes, friendship strife and even disappointment with our church family from time to time. We have expectations for what life will hold and we often face the disappointment of unmet expectations, failed promises and the unexpected crises and trials that life brings. Our lives are rife with disappointment at times.
At times like these, when major disappointment sets in, we need to turn to the ONE who has promised to be WITH us and FOR us at all times. 2 Corinthians tells us that all of God’s promises find their “yes” in Christ. There is not a single promise of God that He has given us that will not be fulfilled. Every promise written in Scripture will be fulfilled in our lives to the glory of God. He will never lie to us. He will never set us up and then let us down. Instead, when life disappoints us, friends fail us, and other calamities hit, He will be there to guide us, strengthen us and carry us through the disappointments of life. He will continue working when we feel we can’t go on. He will give us the strength to endure as we rest upon His promises.
Life can be disappointing at times. Don’t let it discourage you and cause you to lose hope. Turn to the One whose promises are true. He is with you through it all. Rest on His promises.