Opportunities to Learn


The space between our expectations and our reality is a fertile field. And often it’s a place where we are disappointed. So often we dream of how our lives should be but day after day, something slaps us in the face and shows us really where we are at. How do we find the will to keep moving on despite our reality?

Psalm 23:1 says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” The Hebrew word for “want” is chacer meaning, “to lack, be without, become empty.” So, if the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not become empty. I shall not live in a constant state of disappointment where circumstances leave me dry.

Maybe God has something for me in the midst of this disappointment. If God wants me to see, learn, know, or grow in some way while I work through this expectation, I have to be open to hear this from Him. Could it be that I’m so concerned with what I don’t have, I’ve forgotten to be thankful for what I do have? Is there something I can do to change this situation? If so, I need to ask God for the courage to make changes. If I keep hoping things will get better but don’t make any adjustments, how can I expect anything different to happen?

Dear Lord, thank You for turning my disappointments into opportunities for growth and learning. Guide me in trusting You through every situation, even if I can’t understand why it’s happening.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Romans 5:2b-5,

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