Hopes and disappointments - we all have them, and if you're a parent . . . at least if you're like me . . . you want hope to win out every time. In other words, we want our children's hopes fulfilled. Yet we know that it cannot be. "But why?" For one, because life isn't that way. How many disappointments have you had in life? How many fulfilled hopes? What's the ratio? 1 to 1? 10 to 1? 20 to 1?
I've never counted and I'm not going to start, but I think it's more like 20 to 1 - don't you? Yet don't call me a pessimist. I'm not one of those. At least I try hard not to be. I don't like disappointments any more than the next person, but here's the good news: disappointments are real opportunities for growth. Can you imagine what kind of beast a child becomes who gets everything he or she wants? That child doesn't grow up - doesn't mature - and in the end people don't want to be around that kind of person. He or she is too self-centered and too unlikeable.
The principle regarding hopes and disappointments holds true in our relationship with God . . . our Father. Our Father doesn't always say "yes" to our requests because we know not how to ask. For we do not pray, "Our Father, who art in heaven . . . my will be done." Rather we pray, "Our Father, who art in heaven . . . thy will be done." When we really mean that, and don't simply verbalize it, then, and only then, will we begin to grow up in our relationship with God and the world in which we live.
Sounds like wisdom to me,
For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding
- Proverbs 2:6