We are discovering that the journey of becoming who we already are throws up the recurring opportunity to experience disappointment and regret. When we step out in faith on the basis of who we are in Christ we experience the joy of victory but we can also encounter the agony of defeat.
Disappointment gives power to the things we do not understand. The next step is that we begin to trade truth for lies. Then we create a theology to cover what is not happening.
Mystery is exactly that – mystery. If mysteries could be understood or explained they would no longer be mysteries. Western Christians have been conned by their culture to believe there is an answer to everything. Therefore, we are not content to live with mystery. Even if our explanation or understanding is wrong we are “comforted” by the thought that we have found an explanation. For example, someone is not healed so we explain that God must have another plan He is achieving through the sickness. However, Jesus never left anyone sick or infirm to teach them a lesson.
Life is full of mystery. Resist the drive to understand or explain what has no explanation. Living with mystery, when it is a mystery, is better for your faith than embracing disappointment.
Disappointment has a cousin called regret. Like disappointment regret has the power to torment the mind and chain our soul to the past. The experience of regret has been described as being like driving a car forwards for 100km while constantly looking backwards!! I am convinced none of us would consider doing this. With this in mind why not decide today that you will no longer be a person who lives with regret.
Lord, release grace that leads us out of disappointment and regret.
Until next time may you be blessed with Gods’ favour and life.