Using Disappointments

The last week has been chaotic. Along with everyone else I’ve watched this pandemic of the Corona virus unfold.

I’m not afraid of getting the virus myself, but I don’t want to spread it to those around me who are vulnerable.

The big issue I’ve had is the disappointment.

I know why things are getting closed and cancelled but the knowledge of the why doesn’t take away the sadness of not being able to do so many things.

Seeing my best friend in a new state. Cancelled.

Disneyland with my husband for two days. Cancelled

Warriors tickets that you bought 7months ago. Cancelled

Conference with your family. Cancelled

Even my working in the classroom was suddenly halted.

The unknown of future plans for the summer and beyond is a lot to deal with too.

Yesterday I was a complete grump. My poor husband looked at me so many times moping around just laying in my disappointment.

I went for a drive.

As I was driving I started bringing my disappointments to God. In frustration I spewed, “His banner over me is…” and paused. Two words came to my mind.

Disappointment?

Love?

This sobered my mind I’m so many ways. I started realizing that even though things felt cancelled, truth is they are delayed for now. Worst case scenario, they don’t get rescheduled, what God is doing now is what’s important.

He’s uniting us in ways beyond what we have imagined. He’s pausing things and allowing some to fully rest and seek Him. He’s giving us opportunity after opportunity to creatively love people in our communities that we tend to skip over. He’s giving us opportunities to truly be a neighbor, think of new ways to do our jobs, and sit down to get to some of those dreams we neglect in the busy lives we live.

Dear Sojourner,

I want to encourage you to pray. No matter where you are, of or when the visits has effected you, we need to pray for this world. If you have the time off, look at it as an adventure. Find ways to deliver joy and peace to those around you instead of fear and panic. Do things that you’ve been wanting to do, when you got the time. Clean your house. Make that recipe. Catch up with that loved one. Work on art. Look up new things on YouTube and learn something. Write that book, blog, article. Let this pause be divine. We will get through this victoriously because we are putting our faith over fear.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:13-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.”
‭‭The Song of Solomon‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

💛 Mo