Sometimes you expect you’re getting a Rachel and you wake up with a Leah.
Okay, I know that example might connect better with a guy, but you get the point.
Let me try that again. What do you do after you’ve crossed the Red Sea of obstacles, only to be dying of thirst at Marah three days later?
How do you keep your dancing from turning into disappointment?
One thing is for sure; you don’t drive down your tent pegs by the disappointing waters of Marah and camp out there. You move on.
I think of the women on Jesus’s ministry team. They had committed their lives to the Messiah and believed that He would restore Israel.
Mary Magdalene and a handful of other women had followed him for over three years. But life had not turned out like they thought it would.
Their hopes and dreams were nailed to a cross and the lifeblood spilled on the ground to be trampled underfoot. Their future lay in a borrowed tomb—sealed behind an imposing stone.
It appeared Jesus was not going to be the ruler and set things right after all. The very people He came to save had killed Him.
This was not how the story was supposed to go . . . at least in their eyes.
So what did Mary and the other women do?
On the third day after Jesus’s death, while it was still dark, they got up, gathered their spices and started walking to the tomb.
Never mind that it was still dark. Never mind that a giant boulder blocked the tomb’s entrance . . . a stone too heavy for the women to move.
Never mind that armed Roman soldiers stood guard over the grave.
Never mind that the disciples were so discouraged and disillusioned that they hid away in a secret room.
Never mind all that.
The women didn’t have all the details worked out in their heads, but they were not going to sit home in their discouragement—paralyzed into inactivity.
They were going to move forward . . . while it was still dark. (I’ve been there too. Have you?)
Mary Magdalene got up, and she got going . . . while it was still dark. In the end, she was not disappointed that she took this step of faith, and you won’t be either.
Did you notice that Mary Magdalene didn’t wait until her circumstances changed before she got moving?
Jesus was still dead as far as she knew. But she got up and moved forward anyway.
And where did she go? Yes, she went to the tomb, but there is more. She went back to the last pace she had seen Him.
Perhaps that is where you need to go today.
Go back to the last place you encountered Jesus. Even if it is still dark. Even if you are still in a dark place. Even if a seemingly impossible imposing boulder of disappointment is blocking your dreams.
Don’t worry about moving the stone. God’s good at moving stones Click & Tweet! . You just keep putting one faithful foot in front of the other and let God take care of the rest.
Oh, what we miss when we make camp in the painful place of disappointment and refuse God’s invitation to continue the adventurous journey.
We miss the moments of sudden glory when our eyes are shut tight because of discouragement, and our hearts are bolted fast with despair.
Open your eyes.
Open your heart.
There’s more to experience just around the bend.
If you’re ready to move past your disappointments, leave a comment and say, “I’m ready!”