Dealing with Disappointments as a Believer

A few years after completing Senior High School, being the smart person that I was, I knew I had already made it into the University. I bought the forms, filled them out and I knew in September the next year, I was going to there. The thought of going to live by myself and not be under strict rules like the way it was in senior high was exciting and I really looked forward that.

Soon the selection process began and the admission list was released. When I went to check, my name was not on the list. I continued checking the list from time to time to see if my name had been omitted accidentally but to my disappointment, I never found my name on the list so I did not make it to the University in that particular year. I was disappointed, devastated and very sad.  That was the biggest blow of my life then.

I began questioning God because in my mind, I was a good person; I never did the bad things people my age were engaging in so why didn’t I make it to the University? Almost a decade after that incident, I look back and I realise that everything that happened to me was part of God’s plan for my life.

One of my favourite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11, where God says that He knows the plans that he thinks towards us – plans of good and not of evil, plans to give us hope and a future. When you claim that verse to yourself, you will be amazed that things will not be moving on as you expect them to but placing your dreams and aspirations into the hands of the master planner, there is nothing that will devastate you.

Trials like what I faced, I believe also turned me into a stronger believer than I was. The Bible in 1 Corinthians 10:13 say, No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. I believe God provided me with the necessary ‘tools’ to overcome that disappointment. I began to see all the good things around me as gifts from God rather than things that I get through my own abilities.

I do not know what you have gone through or what you are going through now but what I learnt through my experience was, if you trust in God, everything including the bitter pill you are swallowing now, will turn to something sweet for you. Why don’t you surrender it everything to Him now?

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