“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” (Martin Luther King)
While it is my belief that Dr. King was referring to racial equity when he was preaching this, I also believe that he may have been also looking at the bigger picture and speaking about the kingdom of Heaven.
As human beings, we are constantly faced with disappointment in our lives. It can be as minor as burning your food in the oven or not passing a test to something as big as not getting that job you applied for or getting into an accident. Life has its way of throwing curveballs when you least expect it. We should handle disappointment with a sigh and a shrug of the shoulders, all the while knowing that God is waiting for us in Heaven.
Isaiah 40:31 says “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
In Romans 8:18-27 Paul allows us to consider, “Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
Our lives will always be filled with sorrow and disappointment, but we must not live in those moments. These disappointments, while frustrating and overwhelming at times, do not define us. We must not lose infinite hope. As you encounter daily disappointments, may you be held by the love of God to move you to infinite hope.
Dear Lord, please help us to weather our disappointments and to never lose the spark of infinite hope. Allow us to see past whatever life throws at us in hopes of joining you in the kingdom of Heaven. In the Lord’s name we pray, Amen.