Dealing with Disappointment

Disappointment is one of the most difficult human emotions to handle well.  Disappointment happens when our experience collides with our expectations.  We thought, we hoped, we prayed, we tried, but in the end we were disappointed.  We expected one thing, but experienced another and are left to pick up the pieces of our shattered expectations. Teams can disappoint us; jobs can disappoint us; family can disappoint us; and sometimes the deepest blow of all is when we feel that God has disappointed us.  Disappointment can lead to anger, cynicism, apathy, addiction and bitterness.  Solomon was right, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick . . .” (Proverbs 13:12).  Like any sickness, disappointment must be treated and cured or it will become debilitating or even deadly.  This morning let’s take a look at the story of Jesus’ Belt, or at least the towel that he wrapped around himself like a belt and the astonishing lessons he taught with it.  But first, let’s explore the disciples’ disappointment that led to this remarkable story.