Four years ago I worked for a non-profit organization whose mission was to serve the under-served youths from low income families. After programming one evening, one of children just barely left the faucet running in the women’s restroom. Unaware of the dripping faucet, everyone left the building only to return the next day and find the lovely bamboo wood floors damaged. Now, this was a pretty big deal because the organization had been a recipient of an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and no one was familiar with the type of floor or even where the floor had been purchased. After much research, which consisted of digging through boxes in an old, hot storage unit reading multiple emails and making several calls that resulted in the organization finally filing an insurance claim. The contractor wasn’t able to find an exact match for the floor, so the entire first-floor flooring had to be replaced. There was an overwhelming sense of disappointment amongst the staff once we realized the floor wouldn’t be the same. And although I wasn’t present during the original renovation I understood why disappointment was there.
Like the faucet in the women’s room, we too can find ourselves with a slow leak after relationships go sour. Often our hearts are left in an unhealthy condition, and we move forward into the next relationship leaking bitterness, anger, and pain. Then we try to figure out what happened, how it happened, and how we can prevent it from happening again. But unfortunately this search leads to us depend too much on our own “protective” abilities rather than placing our dependency on God.
Unlike the contractor who wasn’t able to find the exact match for the bamboo flooring, we serve a God who knows the very fabric of our being. We don’t have to waste time searching for the pieces of our souls because our God is willing & able to restore every damaged piece.
For the past three days we’ve really reflected on her, but today we will focus on releasing the pain of disappointment. I know we’ve been able to move on. In fact, I am aware that some of these relationships may never be the same, but the hope is that we take the focus off of what happened between you & her. Once you do that you’re properly positioned to receive the gift of restoration that is available to all. We are working on being restored back to a place of trusting God with our relationships. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He knows you. He knows me. And he cares deeply for us all. Here’s the great news- the moment we let go, we are able to embrace the peace that God has for us on the other side of disappointment.
Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
Declaration: No longer will we allow the leak in our souls to cause us to slip away from God. We will not take on life alone, instead we will lean to Holy Spirit and he will lead us into all truth.
- Search the scriptures and find a scripture or two to stand on regarding disappointment. Believe me, the sting of disappointment will try to creep up again, but let us be wise by planting ourselves in the word.
- Pray and ask God to help you release the pain of disappointment.