4. Remember that even in the ditches we can discover God has been with us all along.
It’s in the ditches where we experience the ways He is better than any expectation or dream we had. It’s in the ditches where we ourselves become workable soil, ready to plant roots deep in Jesus. It’s in the ditches where we find hope in Him alone.
I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told (Psalm 40:1–5).
If you are aching from the sting of disappointment, we’d love to walk alongside you and encourage you. To help you even further, we’d recommend picking up a copy of this just-released Bible study, Elizabeth: Dealing with Disappointment. This six-week study offers hope in the face of disappointment and heartache by exploring the triumphs and trials of Elizabeth found in Luke 1.
I also highly recommend Lysa Terkeurst’s new book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered. Lysa’s story and words have been a powerful encouragement to my heart!
Samantha Nieves loves grammar, lazy lake days, iced green tea, and writing about the glorious gospel truths that transform our everyday lives. A northern Indiana native, Samantha now lives in South Carolina and serves as the social media manager on the Revive Our Hearts staff.
This article originally appeared on Revive Our Hearts. Reprinted with permission.
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