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Dealing with Disappointment

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8: 28

Photo courtesy of microsoft office.Dealing with disappointment? Me too!

I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors in 2012 and had my last treatment more than a year ago. My MRI in October showed everything was stable, and I could get on with my life. To celebrate, my husband and I planned a trip to Europe in May. And by planned, I mean putting down deposits, buying airline tickets, getting organized and prepared. And then ...

I woke up one morning and couldn’t hear—yet again. I actually could hear some sound, but everything was distorted to the point of not being able to understand what anyone was saying! To make a long story short, I’m back on treatment, and that means NO trip to Europe. Talk about being disappointed—I was and still am. My husband and I were really excited about the trip.

I probably should be more worried about my health and my hearing, but I put those in God’s hand a long time ago. He’s given me a supernatural peace about them. It was a really good deal for me. Now I’m dealing with the disappointment of our canceled trip.

I know God loves me, and that He will work all things out for the good of those who love Him. He promises that. And I believe Him. Since I believe that, I also know my disappointment is temporary. We all have disappointments in life. Each time we face one, we have a choice about how we’ll react. It would be easy to be angry, upset, and frustrated, but what good would that do?

I still have to have the treatment. Still have to deal with the side effects of the treatment. Still can’t go to Europe. The only thing I would accomplish by focusing on the negative emotions is to create more negative emotions. At the moment, I’m sad and disappointed. To pretend I’m not doesn’t seem like a healthy option either. On the other hand, I have no intention of getting stuck in the quicksand of those negative emotions. I know God loves me, and He will work this out for my good.

When you are disappointed, put your faith in the One who never changes. 

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Lillian Duncan

Lillian lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband. She writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense and mystery, with a touch or two of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. She was a school speech pathologist for thirty years but retired after being diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors due to Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2), a rare genetic disease. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words—especially God’s Word—to transform lives. To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillian-duncan.com. 


  1. Thank you for sharing, Lillian. Praying for you.