In Jeremiah 29:11, God tells us, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
One of the most enjoyable toys is a balloon filled with air, bringing laughter and joy to many children and some adults. Still, we realize that the inevitable has happened when we hear the loud pop from our object of fun–our balloon has burst. When that occurs, children will react in one of two ways, either they will cry from fear, or they will laugh from the loud noise. A simple solution to allay fear or disappointment is the reassurance of a replacement balloon and to continue the playtime.
I can remember when a Quality position that I really loved and was highly skilled in came to an abrupt end. One of my clients reported that the current monthly report for the statistics representing “Met and Unmet goals” were inaccurate. She produced an inhouse report that documented the electronic submission and receipt of the successful transfer of the data to our organization.
The research revealed the worst-case scenario: Although a team of three persons, including myself, were devoted to the process of reviewing the data, we were not responsible for monitoring the timely submission of said data. The team member assigned to submit the data had failed to meet the deadline, and the date for further submission had passed. As I reviewed and documented the increasing numbers of the non-submission of pertinent data, I immediately notified the administration of the findings.
Following the investigation, which revealed a manager and the employee were directly responsible for the failure of submission, the executive decision of nondisclosure to the client prompted my decision to tender my resignation. I experienced many emotions during the two weeks that followed the end of my career. My tenure with the company that I envisioned, leaving with the status of a retiree, would never happen. I went through the stages of grief, including shock and disbelief. The level of disappointment that I experienced was immeasurable. How could this have possibly happened after all of my hard work?
As I share this experience, I can emphatically say that my decision to stand by God’s standards for the life of a Believer was one that I have never regretted. I refused to compromise with Satan’s plan for deception. At the time of my disappointment, I failed to recognize that God had other plans for my life. We must remember, that God is Omniscient, He is already aware of the grave disappointments that deflate our balloons of hope, leaving us depleted of faith and trust in Him.
There are no easy methods for overcoming disappointment. Often we are encouraged to move on as if nothing has happened, which is not beneficial for our spiritual growth. Prayerfully, express your disappointment: “God, I am disappointed and feeling despondent that things did not work out as I anticipated. However, I know that you are working things out for my good and that you have better things for me. Amen.”
Acknowledging to God that you do not understand his will for your life; yet, you are still willing to put your life in His hands, is that simple act of faith that initiates the healing process and brings restoration. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5. God has another balloon filled with hope and future plans that He is waiting to give to you.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020