Not What You'd Hoped -- By Sally I. Kennedy
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick." (Proverbs 13:12 NIV)

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23 NIV)

Perhaps there was a time when you didn't get the job, even though you were the most qualified. For some reason, out of your control, you didn't get the position. Perhaps you didn't make the team, didn't get the raise, or promotion, got left in the dust in a relationship you trusted. Maybe you didn't receive an invitation and that left you feeling less-than.

Disappointments, and hopes that are dashed, hurt. The pain is real. I would have liked nothing better than to protect my children from the pain and disillusionment of the real world. However, that is not only not possible, it is not wise. We have to learn to deal with disappointments and frustrations in our lives.


There is Someone who actually knows all about our pains and disappointments, who understands and has walked every step of the way with us. The Lord, who is sovereign and mighty, is still on his throne, and yes, He cares for us. He's with us, He comforts us, He heals us, and we move on in His time.

If you feel excluded, passed over, or insignificant remember that the truth is you were chosen by the Lord himself. (John 15:16) Thank God today we have Someone who is real and very present in our lives (Matthew 28:20), especially when experiencing a time of ‘not what you'd hoped for'.

"...you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
(Psalm 25:5 NIV)

Inspirational Messages by Sally I. Kennedy