This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “disappoint.”
2020, to say you’ve been a bit of a disappointment is an understatement!
You started well – January and February looked promising. In fact, they were more wonderful than I could ever have imagined, and that’s what made all that followed so hard to bear.
God was working, ministry was flourishing, and suddenly it all had to stop.
Day by day, I emptied my diary and scored out my plans, and the disappointment deepened. I hadn’t travelled abroad since 2010, and this was to be the year…
And then, just as restrictions eased and the future began to look brighter, the infection numbers rose once again, leaving the rest of the year (and beyond) looking uncertain.
But 2020, you won’t win!
First of all, Santa’s still coming, as was announced yesterday in one of the most bizarre, but most wonderful, political statements ever.
But, more to the point, you won’t win because my hope is in something deeper.
“We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:3-5 NLT)
2020, if you’ve done us one favour, maybe it’s to make us question where our hope is found. You’ve shown us that it can’t be in our own plans and busyness, or in any illusion of control. It can’t be in full diaries or success in ministry. It can’t even be in other people.
Maybe some good can come from you after all if we let our disappointment with you point us elsewhere – to the hope that will never disappoint.