When God say’s “No.” it hurts. To protect our already delicate hearts sometimes we turn inward instead of reaching out to God for comfort. It’s called the sting of disappointment.
I shared the story below on my Instagram. The reason I share it here is due to the reactions it received. We all know disappointment. We’ve all felt the pain and frustration it causes. It’s how we handle it that can either break us down or build our trust in God…
I did it again
I hardened my heart because it was easier than letting the sting of disappointment touch it again.
When God said ‘no’ to something I wanted so bad, I turned inward to lick my wounds.
I stopped seeing the goodness around me and the prayers He was answering in spite of not being where I want to be.
Friends, He is doing a lot of work on this heart of mine and it hurts. It hurts to be told no, to grow and learn new life lessons. But in that hurt, there is an amazing God standing right there with us. Molding us, preparing us, chiseling the unwanted parts off so we can be made into the beautiful person He has created us to be.
Through the hurt
Through the hurt, through the fire, we are being made new.
He is sculpting something more beautiful than we can see right now. Can we trust His process?
Can we trust that God is good in spite of this “No.”
This no is not rejection. It could be a saving grace.
Sometimes I need to re-frame what I think and thread God’s love and truth into it.
Truth: He is a good kind God who loved me enough to come to this broken world as a baby. To be beaten and torn down and in the end die for me.
Is He being mean? Or is He lovingly saving me from something that simply isn’t meant for me?
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven — Ecclesiastes 3:1
The Lord works in mysterious ways, can I get an amen? Many of the no’s and not yet’s in my life have saved me from hurt and shown me that God had something better in store.
The plans He has for you
They are beautiful! Can we get into agreement with that?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
Let’s not let our faith in Christ be shaken. Let’s lean in to Him, through the hurt, through the disappointment and trust that He is still very much in control and at work in our lives!