Perhaps you’ve seen the video of the little boy who learns he’s getting another sister. In the middle of his meltdown, he laments “It’s always girls, girls, girls…!” It is an amazing glimpse into human expectations, but there is nothing funny about disappointment.
There is a story in the Bible that seems to be steeped in disappointment, but proves to be hope full.
In the Bible: Jacob got a wedding night surprise after agreeing to work seven years for the right to marry his boss’s daughter Rachel. After fulfilling his contract and ceremony, he discovered the morning after the wedding that it was not Rachel, but her sister Leah that he had married.
Generally, in reading and understanding this story, we focus on Jacob’s disappointment but imagine Leah’s disappointment. What hopes and dreams of hers begin to die that day as she was forced to marry a man who did not love or want her?
Are we to believe that we, God’s people, are never disappointed? NO.
Psalms 37:4 tells us “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” The writer of this Psalm shows us his awareness of injustice all around him. But, he takes the long view. He tells us in Verse 7, “Be still before the lord and wait patiently for him.” His conclusion, is “the meek shall inherit the land.”
In the end, despite “disappointments,” it was Leah whom Jacob married (Honored) and buried in the family grave plot with Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah. And it was through the lineage of Leah – who in life thought she was unloved – that God blessed the World with our Savior, Jesus.
JESUS brings JUSTICE. Restores HOPE. And gives us an inheritance beyond our wildest dreams.
In the Christmas Carol, “Oh little town of Bethlehem” is the phrase: “The hopes and fears of all the years met in Bethlehem that night.”
Keep hoping beyond disappointment.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday