When my children were little I read and re-read the book, “The Best Nest”, it was our favorite story and of course with great animation and hearts of joy we gave melody to Mrs. Bird’s proclamation at the end of the book:
♫ I love my house, I love my nest, in all the world, this nest is best!
Mrs. Bird had a major revelation as she went off on her own looking for a “better” house. Through windy rain and thunderstorms, Mrs. Bird found contentment back in her old digs! Mr. Bird finds her sitting on a nest of eggs and they sing their song and life is good!
O! that I had wings and could fly away!
Even being completely “sold out” to God and knowing He has my best interest at heart, I still suffer from this thing called “disappointment”. And, we had a major one this past week. I know all the trite comments and the right scriptures, but nevertheless, disappointment looms. And it doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t set well. It doesn’t taste good. And, it sure doesn’t look very pretty!
So this morning I found myself doodling in my prayer journal, and here is what I wrote:
In all this life
His will is best!
So today I am going to take a lesson from Mrs. Bird.
How do you handle disappointment?
Merry Geary says
As a mom and grandma I find that prayer helps from Proverbs and Psalms when I am in a mood of disappointment with my children or grand children. They soothe the soul. Telling the stomach and the mind not to worry is hard to do.
Right now my husband, Mike, is in a fight to eradicate his Hep C virus and on a long 11 month regiment of med’s at home. Please keep us in your prayers.
Praying for Mike.
Marni Nicholas says
Oh Mrs. Bird, how I love that story!!!! I love my house, I love my nest, in all the world my nest is best. I’m going to sing that all day. Because right now I DO NOT love my nest. It’s seems as if disappointment has become the new normal. And I do not like it. Yes I pray and pray and pray. Every day is even more disappointing than the last. So I will sing your new song Mom. In all this life His will is best.
Perhaps “this” is the new song we sing unto Him! (Psalm 144.9)
I want a pond, Kristin! I would love to be your neighbor – perhaps in Heaven?
I had a similiar disappointment a few months ago and TO BE HONEST I am still telling the Lord that “it would have been perfect”. I repeat TRUTH to myself over and over “As for God His way is perfect” and “It is God who makes my way perfect”. Knowing The Word and living in the experience of it in the context of life’s happenings is painful because as JM would say it is the dying of our flesh and it doesn’t go down without a fight.
More like “kicking & screaming”!!! Thanks for sharing, cousin!!!
what a Blessing you all are to me. This must be the week of disappointments.
Sometimes, we just don’t understand, why things happens to us. All we can do is cry out, and say, Oh Abba, I’m your child, can you just hold me till I can get my self back up again. I too will sing this sweet song. I love my house, and I love my nest. In all things , I shall be thankful, and one day, we will be sitting at his feet, just praising him ,and that is all that matters. Is it easy to live in this life, no….But Praise Abba, we have him, and our Precious Girl-Friends..♥
ali battersby says
I love Susan’s poem! And I’m sorry for your disappointment.
Last month I had a fairly big disappointment and did a lot of writing in my journal ( Which I call “Letters to God”) for several days in a row, allowing myself to process my feelings and allowing the sadness to be felt.( “trace, face ,erase and replace”.) I tried to look at what the Lord might be trying to tell me and also thought about all the times He might be looking down on the world feeling disappointed for us when he sees some of the choices we make.
I don’t like the feeling, but I guess it’s just part of life. Eventually the feeling seems to soften, thankfully! I wish this for you.
Trace | Face | Erase | Replace
♥ that. ♥ you, Ali, you are a dear, dear friend.
Sometimes I think disappointment comes from having to high of expectations. But I believe we all have expectations for ourselves and others. Am I correct? It’s normal right? I do not handle disappointment very well. Let me rephrase that, it depends on how involved, or close I am to the situation, circumstance, or person that I am… let’s say invested in! I begin to wonder in my mind and say aloud, why God? I am faithful, I do not always do the right things or make the right choices, but who does. I get depressed, I cry, I want to crawl in bed and make each day go quicker ( as if they do not move quick enough!). I pray, I then tell God I trust Him. Then convince myself I really do trust Him, well I want too. But isn’t it strange when all is going well that one goes about life with no question of trusting God? Not even giving the trust thing a second thought. However, as soon as life takes a turn and you hit a brick wall, it’s like what the heck? Why God? How can you do this to me! To them! To her! To him! Disappointment. Sometimes I get over the disappointment, give into the disappointment, never get over the disappointment. Sounds complicated and it is for me. But one thing I am certain of is that when it is all to much I surrender it over to Jesus usually only after I have wrestled with it, pondered over it, questioned it to death, involved others in it because I can not always handle nor figure it out! And out of that brings me back to the trust issue. That’s when the love that I have for Jesus through the good, bad, and the ugly disappointment/s He is there regardless of my doubts, my fears, my anger, my issues to fix me and it. Oh let me not forget to say, “In His timing.” Nonetheless, disappointments will always come and go. Maybe one day I will learn to deal with them no matter what form they arrive; but if I cannot, I know who can. And for that I am not disappointed!
True Hope never disappoints! (Romans 5)
My disappointment was a “thing” not a person. Just FYI on that! ♥