From the Desk blotter: Disappointment

I came across this clipping of song lyrics and decided it needed to be shared…

I don’t always agree with every aspect of a song lyric, but I have read this poem from time to time to help with an inner “attitude adjustment” when I’m struggling to be at peace. For the record, I don’t think that belief in God means that you are constantly under the Thumb, or some kind of Holy Whip. In fact, God gives us much grace and latitude to work through our questions (with or without seeking God’s help!)

Disappointment is a tricky thing. Sometimes it’s because we humans are simply flawed and hurt each other. We let each other down. When I become disappointed or disillusioned, I wonder, “Where’s God in all of this?”

I accept the assumption that my life, fully and completely in God’s control, will face disappointment. Sometimes of my choosing. And sometimes not. I have learned that other’s disappointments may or may not be my “fault.” I’m getting better at releasing myself from disappointment to move on, pray, heal and try again.

It’s a Grace Thing.

Phil Keaggy

Disappointment – His appointment, change one letter, then I see
That the thwarting of my purpose is God’s better choice for me.
His appointment must be blessing though it may come in disguise
For the end from the beginning, open to His wisdom lies.

Disappointment – His appointment Whose? The Lord’s who loves best.
Understands and knows me fully, Who my faith and love would test.
For like loving, earthy parent He rejoices when He knows
That His child accepts unquestioned all that from His wisdom flows.

Disappointment – His appointment, no good thing will he withhold
From denials oft we gather treasures from His love untold.
Well He knows each broken purpose leads to fuller deeper trust
And the end of all His dealings proves our God is wise and just.

Disappointment – His appointment, Lord I take it then as such,
Like the clay in hands of potter yielding wholly to Thy touch.
All my life’s plan is Thy molding, not one single choice be mine
Let me answer unrepining, “Father, not my will but Thine.”

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