Dealing with disappointment? Me too!
I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors in 2012 and had my last treatment more than a year ago. My MRI in October showed everything was stable, and I could get on with my life. To celebrate, my husband and I planned a trip to Europe in May. And by planned, I mean putting down deposits, buying airline tickets, getting organized and prepared. And then ...
I woke up one morning and couldn’t hear—yet again. I actually could hear some sound, but everything was distorted to the point of not being able to understand what anyone was saying! To make a long story short, I’m back on treatment, and that means NO trip to Europe. Talk about being disappointed—I was and still am. My husband and I were really excited about the trip.
I probably should be more worried about my health and my hearing, but I put those in God’s hand a long time ago. He’s given me a supernatural peace about them. It was a really good deal for me. Now I’m dealing with the disappointment of our canceled trip.
I know God loves me, and that He will work all things out for the good of those who love Him. He promises that. And I believe Him. Since I believe that, I also know my disappointment is temporary. We all have disappointments in life. Each time we face one, we have a choice about how we’ll react. It would be easy to be angry, upset, and frustrated, but what good would that do?
I still have to have the treatment. Still have to deal with the side effects of the treatment. Still can’t go to Europe. The only thing I would accomplish by focusing on the negative emotions is to create more negative emotions. At the moment, I’m sad and disappointed. To pretend I’m not doesn’t seem like a healthy option either. On the other hand, I have no intention of getting stuck in the quicksand of those negative emotions. I know God loves me, and He will work this out for my good.
When you are disappointed, put your faith in the One who never changes.
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