“Disappointment. HIS appointment

hillThe Turn in the Road

“Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,
but a sudden good break can turn life around.”
Proverbs 13:12, The Message

A friend in the promotion business says,
“Every time someone tells me “NO!” I get happier —
because I’m one step closer to that person who will say “YES!”

Some people cannot bear to be told “NO” even once;
let alone repeatedly.
And then there are others who stop just one person too soon.
All they needed was to ask one more time.
But they didn’t.
Disappointment can do that to you if you let it.
Especially if it seems to be unrelenting —
one blow after the next.

Years ago I discovered a splendid little poem
that has anchored my life in those times
when everything seems to be going wrong —
times when your hopes are dashed,
your dreams have faded,
your deepest desires thwarted,
and when so many great expectations
become inexplicably disappointed.
Maybe you will find it helpful, too.

“Disappointment. HIS appointment.one letter,
then I seethe thwarting of my purposeGod’s better choice for me!”

is true, as the proverb says,
that unrelenting disappointment can leave you heartsick.
But the rest of the proverb is also true —
“a sudden good break can turn life around.”
One doesn’t come without the other.
yet another breath, my fellow traveler;
though you have paused alongside the road —
you have not stopped.
Your journey is not finished.
There’s a bend in the road up ahead.
And the bend in the road is not the end of the road —
unless you fail to make the turn.

Tip your hat respectfully to old man Disappointment,
and then be on your way;
for God has something better in mind for you.
And though you have heard “NO” perhaps a thousand times —
you are actually one step closer to a “YES!”

And that single “Yes” can turn your life around!
Rylie

Proverbs 13:12 KJV
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick:
but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

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May 7, Today’s thought – The Untrodden Way

july2212 night bsky 002Night sky at Cozy Acres

Good Afternoon

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” Hebrews 11:13, KJV

What unseen difficulties line the long, dark mile of the untrodden way? And, oh, how our heart hesitates to venture on into the uncertainty of the unproven. The problem with pilgrims is that the tendency to settle increases with the need for some sense of security.

After a stout trek across a barren stretch we arrive at a place of repose along the way; a place replete with so much of heaven’s first fruits, that we feel perhaps we should make this spot our abiding place. But we seek a City, whose builder and maker is God, and this in not that City. We must press on.

“In short there’s simply not a more convenient spot for happy-ever-aftering than here, in dear Old Camelot.” So goes the musical, but that’s really all it is — a song in a play. And while it touches the sentimental chords of our earthbound frames, our spirits seek a higher heaven.

Our forefathers in the faith saw it from afar, and so pressed onward till the very day they died — not yet having possessed it. How then can we who follow in their train, now pitch our tent and take our ease? And what, if the Lord should tarry, would become of those who followed our loitering example?

Beloved, we are strangers and pilgrims on this earth.
Our home is yet somewhere else.~~~Rylie

Press On . . .Today
With my prayers, desisring yours, Leslie

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