Have you ever been really disappointed?
Of course you have, we all have. One of my memorable disappointments took place on a trip to Yellowstone (the park – not Dutton Ranch) to see the famous geyser, Old Faithful.
For my entire life, I’d heard Old Faithful erupted, like clock-work, on the hour. At the time forecast for the next eruption neared, I eagerly wiggled my way in with the crowd, camera at the ready and waited.
When thirty-five minutes passed beyond the predicted time, the crowd began to murmur, and I began to wonder … Was this going to be the day of the “big one” when the Yellowstone Supervolcano erupted?
That obviously didn’t happen, but with a name like Penny, I’m allowed unlimited “the sky is falling” moments. The eruption finally blasted skyward, and it was spectacular. But my faith in the faithfulness and reliability of “Old Faithful” was destroyed forever.
How awful would it be if God were like that? What if, instead of being eternally faithful, He was just sorta faithful? We could never fully rely on Him to hear us when we pray, keep His promises, or be with us through the trials and tribulations of life, including this COVID pandemic. Thankfully, He’s not like that.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is not ruled by the whims of nature like Old Faithful. As uncertainty and change shake so many of the foundations and former knowns of life we can take comfort in a relationship with a never-changing God. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
- Look Up – Pray and transfer your burdens to His strong shoulders; enter the shelter of His love and wait in expectant, joyful faith, and hope for him to see you through.
- Look Back – Remember all that God has already seen you through. What makes you think He’s going to stop now?
- Look Around – Focus on the good you see, not the bad.
- Look Forward – Better days are coming. I’ve never seen a rainstorm that didn’t end – have you?
These are tough times, but don’t allow the disappointments of today to destroy your faith in the eternal faithfulness of God.
You’re not alone and somebody cares about you.