Disappointment

Disappointment

By David Jones, Executive Director Restoration Path

During my high school years I was a huge David Bowie fan. I knew all the words to his songs and I even had a David Bowie hair cut. You know the one with short spiked hair on top and long in the back. Please don’t ask for pictures because they have all been destroyed. Hey, it was the 70’s and we all had strange haircuts and weird clothes but we were cool. One day the news broke that Bowie would be coming to our city to perform. This was before the Internet and so I waited in line for hours to obtain my tickets to see my favorite rock star. The tickets were very expensive but it didn’t matter because I was going to be in the same building and breath the same air as David Bowie. The day finally came and I don’t think I slept a wink the night before due to the anticipation and excitement. I got there early and waited. The time came for the concert to begin and nothing happened. There was no warm up group and no announcements. An hour passed and finally, Bowie arrived on the stage. He sang maybe 3 songs and took a break. 30 minutes later he returned and sang 3 more songs and left. There was no encore. There was no announcement “David Bowie has left the building.” To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I didn’t, however, go home and throw away all my Bowie records. I didn’t change my hairstyle. I continued to be a devoted fan. I look back at how quickly I forgot about the disappointment I experienced with a human that I didn’t even know and how hard it is for me to get past my perceived disappointments with God whom I do know.

I hung unto my disappointment list for God through my adolescent years and kept God on trial and at a distance. This list consisted of trials I had experienced and believed God could have intervened and saved me from my pain and hardships. God eventually revealed to me the truth found in Roman’s chapter 5.

Romans 5:3-5 (NKJV) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

As long as I held unto my resentments toward God, I could not experience the growth described in the verses above. We may never know why God permits certain trials and hardships to occur in our lives but we can know and experience His love that is poured into our hearts. At this very moment you may be in a place of disappointment with God. I encourage you to trust His words and the process that is described in Romans 5:3-5. I encourage you to trust your pain to the One who understands it and bore it for you. He is the author of hope and his hope will never disappoint us.

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About David Jones

David Jones is the Executive Director for Restoration Path Ministries. David is a Memphis TN area native and lives with his wife of over 32 years and has two adult children. He is a long-standing deacon, ordained elder and Sunday school teacher. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis. Restoration Path is founded on David’s experiences and teachings. David has over 35 years of counseling, mental health, and ministry experience. In 1998, he began providing intensive workshops for Christian men struggling with sexual addiction. His work has also included workshops for the wives and families of sexual addicts. He has also facilitated numerous training institutes. The teachings that are presented through the ministry workshops and intensives are the result of proven and biblically based techniques. He is also the author of 4 other books Goldfish Devotionals, The Blessing of the Thorn, 10 Truths Wives Need to Know, and The Top 10 Lies Sex Addicts Tell Themselves. He is the author and creator of the 4 and 3-day Restoration Path intensive sexual addiction workshops and workbooks. He is the designer, author, and creator of the Restoration Path video workshops and workbooks for male sexual addicts as well as the video workshop for the wives of addicts. All of David’s books and material can be ordered from the ministry website.

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