Trust and Disappointment
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
- Proverbs 3:5-6
You may have noticed that we weren’t able to get a Connect Devotional out yesterday. We’re sorry. In all the excitement about the launch of Summer Better and our staffing changes, we missed one. Please forgive us.
Today we wanted to reflect a bit on the nature of trust and disappointment (and to give you a learning exercise).
Many of us have seasons in life where we experience what seems to us to be wholehearted trust in the Lord. Then something happens. Someone gets sick. Money gets tight. A global disaster strikes. Life gets complicated. And before we know what happened, trust has dissipated.
As a result, trust has to be constantly refilled, maintained, and sustained. Trust is not a once-for-a-lifetime exercise. We have to return to the well of trust over and over and over again. And this is especially true in the midst of disappointment.
The Lord knows what it’s like to experience disappointment. And his love for us is sufficient that he’ll listen to every wounded, hurt, and frustrated word we have to say in the midst of our disappointment. The real question is whether we’ll continue to engage with him when our trust is fraying.
To this end, Jaime Castañer Weiss, our candidate for our new Campus Teaching Pastor (Pittsboro) preached a message on this theme during his time with us over the weekend. Although we didn’t record that particular message, it was very similar to a message he shared with his church up in Nyack, NY last year.
Click here to give it a listen and reflect on how your experiences of disappointment affect your trust in the Lord