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Virginia Brandt Berg (1898-1968)

"DISAPPOINTMENT"

Meditation Moments 76:

I want to give you this Verse from 2 Corinthians 1:10, "For it is God who rescued us from such a perilous death, and He will still rescue us. And on Him have we set our hope that He will again deliver us from danger and destruction and draw us to Himself."

I have been thinking a great deal about those who have suffered disappointment. The word "disappointment" has been on my mind a great deal. You know, some people take disappointment so differently than others. There are those that have so grown in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and are mature Christians, that they don't worry when there is some disappointment.

No matter how much they look forward to some occasion, or some dear one coming or something they expected, if it doesn't mature, the thing they wanted so badly doesn't happen, that doesn't seem to move them at all! They are like the Apostle Paul.

They are such steadfast, immovable Christians, they can say, "None of these things move me." (Acts 20:24.) -- And it's true about them! They've gotten so grounded in the Word of God and so close to the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ that they take all things as from Him.

They accept all that happens in their life as if it came from His hand, and to them there are not any disappointments! There is a little poem which reads, "Disappointment just take the letter "D" off and put "H" there and it's His appointment!"

These mature Christians, so grounded, so established in the Word, just take any disappointment as His appointment for them! To be so deeply disappointed and to get your heart broken over disappointments is almost childish, and Paul said that when he was old he put away childish things, and that he thought as a man and spoke as a man.

I remember as a child when my father was pastor of the Christian Church in St. Louis, Missouri and they'd planned a large picnic at Forrest Park and oh, I was looking forward to it so! There had been great preparations, lunch was ready and there had been a bustling about the house all morning long getting ready for that afternoon picnic.

And suddenly clouds came and it just poured down raining! I was so broken-hearted that I wept and I moped for the rest of the evening! I've had similar things happen since then, but never any disappointments or an attitude of that kind.

I pray that God will keep us all in that place where we accept sweetly His Will! I ran across such a precious poem and I believe it will be a blessing to your heart:

It does not matter

What it means, poor heart,

The dear Lord knows.

To bear it is your part.

Nor think some

Strange thing happened unto you

Which He would not allow

If He knew.

Well He does know!

In all His Fatherhood

He knows and allows it for your good

He is not hard.

You do not think He is

When in the dark

You find your hand in His.

When it was light

You tried to walk alone

And thought the strength

He gave you

All your own.

You did not ask

What that last blessing meant,

Just smiled and took it,

Satisfied, content.

You didn't think it strange,

You thought He knew,

And planned the sweet surprise

That came to you.

Then do you, tried one,

Take life sweet and good

Yet cannot trust

That tender Fatherhood?

But think It makes mistakes

Whene'er it sends some hindrance

Which your eager haste offends?

Or when He lets the wicked

Plot you harm

And stir a whirlwind

When you seek a calm?

You think it strange, this disappointment so keen,

And in your weakness ask, "What does it mean?"

I think the language

Of God's heart would read,

"I love my child

I note his slightest need.

I long to prosper him

In all his ways

To give him quiet nights

And peaceful days.

But if I do

He'll lose himself from Me,

My outstretched hand

He will wait to see,

I'll place a hindering wall

Before his feet,

And there he'll wait,

And there we two will meet.

I do it not in wrath

For broken laws

Or willful disobedience,

But because I want him near Me

And I cannot wait

For him to come

For he might wander late.

My child will wonder,

Will not understand,

Still half in doubt

He'll clasp My outstretched hand.

And when at last

Upon My heart he leans,

He will have ceased to wonder

What it means."

You wonder what the disappointment means? Oh my friend, He isn't any disappointment! If you'll trust everything in His hands, then all your glowing day dreams you'd fancied, Christ to be in them!

The more I get to know Him

The more I find Him true

The more I long that others

Should be led to know Him too!

He's no disappointment! Put everything in His hands, and if something like that comes, it shall work for good for you, through Him. Amen.

Copyright © 2009 by The Family International

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