Sometimes you’re the only one who has the walk the journey in front of you. Your friends, your family, your colleagues, even the people that say they will support you are suddenly not there when you’re facing your biggest challenge. It’s not uncommon to find out that your real friends are not the ones you think. And when we’re going through trials, that’s when you really appreciate the ones that are with you.
I had an experience and really needed the support of an inner circle of people I call friends. Most of them were not there for me. And, I was angry, I admit it. “Don’t the people who know us care?”, “Why am I there for them, but they’re not there for me?” I asked God these questions. He didn’t answer me the way I thought but what He impressed me was this, “it doesn’t matter who is and who isn’t there for you, I am there for you.” WOW!!!! So, I had to let go of my disappointment and move on. God will grace me to go through whatever is in front of me and if I walk the path alone, He is there with me and that’s all that really matters.
Thank God for His understanding and patience with me. I’m thankful that when I get disappointed in this life, He gives me a joy I can’t find anywhere else. And for the few that stick with me through thick and thin, I thank God. And, one other thing I learned through this experience…I need to be there for my friends when they need someone. Not because I’m looking for the favor to be returned, but I know how it feels to be scared and feel alone.
This is just my opinion, but I think the best way to handle disappointment is to be a blessing to someone else. I’ve recently had the chance to encourage someone and even pray with someone who asked me to. When I think of those moments, it overshadows the frustration I feel.
So, in going forward, let us remember that it is God that we can always count on and He’ll bring us the support we need. Also, He’ll bring us the encouragement we need to overcome disappointment without anger or sadness.