Times of disappointment, loss and pain can be difficult to leave behind. The day comes when you must move forward. Here's help.

Disappointment, loss, pain and moving forward…

If you’re living and breathing, you’ve experienced it. If you say you haven’t, just hang on a bit. Your response will soon change. Life will happen and suddenly…there you’ll be, caught up in it.

So, what is your disappointment?

  • …the person who broke your heart back in high school?
  • …the college professor who said you’d never make it?
  • …the employer who demoted you or let you go?

Disappointment does not leave us alone, it seems.

People disappoint daily, like the person at the drive-through window who doesn’t even bother to say thank you when handing us our order. Over the years, I’ve disappointed a few people myself. Did someone say, “Hindsight is 20/20?”

So, what is your loss?

  • …a loved-one who passed away too soon?
  • …a marriage ended in divorce?
  • …a child not carried to term?
  • …a friend who walked away?

To be human is to experience loss. Neither can believers escape it. God keeps us from many hard things. He protects and heals. He answers prayer, and yet, along the way – life happens.

So, what is your pain?

  • …a childhood of abuse or abandonment?
  • …a ministry or calling taken from you?
  • …a dream unfulfilled?
  • …a misunderstanding?
  • …a prodigal son or daughter?

I could go on, but insert your particular pain if I didn’t name it. God knows.

Life deals us blows. With the blows come pain. God help us.

Our pain may come as a result of what others do to us, or because of our own decisions. Pain is paralyzing, robs us of time, and steals our joy.

Times of disappointment, loss and pain can be difficult to leave behind. The day comes when you must move forward. Here's help.But there comes a day when we must be moving forward.

We don’t forget those loved and lost. We don’t ignore memories of what God has brought us out of. But after we grieve, after we cry, after we hurt – we must walk on through it.

It is deep – that disappointment, loss, and pain. Its grip is strong and does not want to let you go. The day will come, though, when you must head on down the road.

This does not mean you stop grieving. It does not mean your disappointment is automatically erased or your tears all dried up. But you are now allowing the healing to begin; choosing to look ahead to a brighter day.

It’s time to move forward. And with God’s help, you will.

Ecclesiastes 3.1-6 tells us:  There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 

…a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away.

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