By Jessica Daniel
Disappointments. We all have had our share of those. Whether you had a bad break-up, lost a job, didn’t get into the college that you wanted to go to, been hurt by someone you love, or have experienced an illness or loss of a loved one, disappointments no matter how big or small can really take an emotional toll on you. So, some of the questions a lot of us ask ourselves when we are going through a disappointment is, “How do I get over this? How do I make it through?”
The first thing we need to do is have faith and believe that the disappointment we face right now will not last forever. When I talk about having faith, I mean trusting and believing that God has something greater in store for you even after you have lost your job or didn’t get admitted to the college of your choice. Remember when one door closes, another one will open! When you experience a break-up, just know that God has someone special set aside for you who loves you for who you are and wants to spend the rest of his or her life with you.
When you have lost someone close to you, there, of course, is no easy answer to help you get through the loss. During the time when my dad passed away when I was seventeen and the flood of emotions that I was feeling inside, I realized where my strength and comfort came from and that was from the Lord as He sent people in my life, friends and extended family from my church, to show me the love and encouragement I needed to get through the loss. Losing a loved one is devastating, but surrounding yourself with people who love and care about you makes the process easier to handle.
I have experienced many disappointments in my life. Through those disappointments, I have learned not to let them get the best of me. My mom always says that “I can choose to be bitter or I can be better.” When I experience a disappointment, big or small, I see it as something I can gain from, and one day I can use that experience to provide encouragement to somebody else who may be struggling.
When you go through a disappointment, remember that it won’t last forever. You will experience joy through Christ as you give everything to Him and allow Him to turn your disappointments into blessings.