“We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop compassionate patience in us …” Romans 5:3

I read in a post by Bishop Steven Charleston, we should handle disappointments in life as a detour not a dead end. Our world does not end because of a disappointment. I believe our society today is so privileged that we are more easily disappointed when we don’t get our way or when our expectations aren’t met.

Disappointments happen as we ride the rail of life. We go forward and then backwards and sometimes feel as if we are facing one detour after another. Recently, I visited the site of Horseshoe Railroad Curve outside of Altoona, PA. The engineering feat has overcome the obstacles of trains traveling through the Allegheny Mountains, saving time while giving passengers an amazing view of the mountains from all angels of the curve. A first-time rider on a passenger train might have wondered why they were headed in one direction and then made a complete reversal to get to their destination.

God is at the end of every detour in our lives. We must realize that his plan is already destined for us and learn to accept disappointments as a mini-setback until we have time to adjust to God’s will. And, through our examples of handling disappointments, we can help others through their trials.

Lord, help keep us on the right track on our spiritual journey. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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