No one plans a wedding, thinking they will be planning a divorce ten years down the line.
Neither do they invest all their life savings into a business, expecting to lose everything they have years later. But our God lets nothing go to waste. No disappointment large or small can destabilise His purpose for our lives. Setback maybe… Cancel out, no. Not unless we allow that to happen.
It isn’t wrong to feel disappointed – it’s a feeling – but, as with most things, it’s how we respond to that feeling and the ensuing actions that are important. Identify the difficulties that have come your way, and be honest about how they can be used to transform you into a better version of yourself.
As I look back over my life, I have to recognise that some of the greatest things that have happened stem from a seed of difficulty and disappointment. There’s a real opportunity to reset and start afresh when things don’t go the way we want them to.
My favourite Christian holiday is Easter. It’s all about resurrection power and newness of life. Because Christ rose from the grave, the dreams we thought were dead can rise again. We are Easter people.
Look at what you are going through today – the areas that hurt, that bring fearful thoughts – and ask, How is this leading me towards a new beginning? How is this bringing me to a higher place?
Psalm 34:10 says: ‘The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.’
God promises that those who seek Him will lack no good thing, which means, if something is good – and it’s His will for your life to have it – He will give it to you. Now that’s a difficult message if you’re reading this, and you truly believe God called you to married, parents or employed, and right now you’re not.
God is in the business of making all things new. His healing brings restoration beyond our natural understanding – no matter where you are, who you are or what you’ve done.
His mercies are new every morning, and great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-24).
Another verse says: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19). God calls us to let go of former hurts and disappointments, so we can cling to the new bright tomorrow He has for each of us.
His plan of renewal means you can have peace in the midst of turbulent times, that whatever happens you win, and always remember that “every ending is a new beginning. Through the grace of God, we can always start again”