Soaring Over Disappointment

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. -Isaiah 40:28-31

I used to think of this scripture as for the faint of body, but today it brings me comfort as I brush up against feelings of disappointment. Sometimes the yearnings of the heart can exhaust you when their realization seems to consistently hover over the horizon, but never appearing to get any closer. Trying to figure out God’s plan, how I and others fit into it, is also exhausting, and I always marvel at why I fall back into that habit when it is completely useless.

I think physical exhaustion is bad, but sometimes that can just get better with rest, or medication. But dreams that do not come true after you feel like you’ve waited so long for them exhaust you in a way that sleep cannot refresh. It starts to sour your soul, and it leaves a bad tasted in your mouth, so you have trouble tasting and seeing that the Lord is good. It keeps your eyes on far off places and times instead of allowing you to enjoy the present moment and whatever delights and contentments God may choose to slip in on us.

I can never fathom the depths of God’s understanding, but I know Whom I have entrusted with my soul, my spirit and my body. He is the Lord and Creator of the universe, and I am a part of His Kingdom plan. ONLY when I completely trust Him do I find new strength to hope again for my dreams to come true, to keep running and walking toward the manifestation of my calling and His plan for me. Today I choose to trust Him and His chosen but unknown future for me so I am able to soar once more over the shallow and short-lived disappointments here on earth and experience the joy of the Lord.

Questions for the day:
1. What disappointments are you struggling with today?
2. What can you do to encourage yourself in the Lord to trust Him and His timing and plan that much more?