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Today’s Truth

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance,

John 20:1

Friend to Friend

Sometimes you expect you’re getting a Rachel and you wake up with a Leah. Okay, I know that example might connect better with a guy, but you get the point.

Let me try that again. What do you do after you’ve crossed the Red Sea of obstacles, only to be dying of thirst at Marah three days later? How do you keep your dancing from turning into disappointment? One thing is for sure; you don’t drive down your tent pegs by the disappointing waters of Marah and camp out there. You move on.

I think of the women on Jesus’s ministry team. They had committed their lives to the Messiah and believed that He would restore Israel. Mary Magdalene and a handful of other women had followed him for more three years. But life had not turned out like they thought it would. Their hopes and dreams were nailed to a cross and the lifeblood spilled on the ground to be trampled underfoot. Their future lay in a borrowed tomb—sealed behind an imposing stone.

It appeared Jesus was not going to be the ruler and set things right after all. The very people He came to save had killed Him. This was not how the story was supposed to go . . . at least in their eyes.

So what did Mary and the other women do? On the third day after Jesus’s death, while it was still dark, they got up, gathered their spices and started walking to the tomb (John 20:1). Never mind that it was still dark. Never mind that a giant boulder blocked the tomb’s entrance . . . a stone too heavy for the women to move.

Never mind that armed Roman soldiers stood guard over the grave. Never mind that the disciples were so discouraged and disillusioned that they hid away in a secret room. Never mind all that. The women didn’t have all the details worked out in their heads, but they were not going to sit home in their discouragement—paralyzed into inactivity. They were going to move forward . . . while it was still dark.

Mary Magdalene got up, and she got going . . . while it was still dark. In the end, she was not disappointed that she took this step of faith, and you won’t be either. Just as assuredly as Jesus met her at her greatest point of need, He will meet you at yours.

Did you notice that Mary Magdalene didn’t wait until her circumstances changed before she got moving? Jesus was still dead as far as she knew. But she got up and moved forward anyway.

And where did she go? Yes, she went to the tomb, but there is more. She went back to the last pace she had seen Him. Perhaps that is where you need to go today. Go back to the last place you encountered Jesus. Even if it is still dark. Even if you are still in a dark place. Even if a seemingly impossible imposing boulder of disappointment is blocking your dreams. Don’t worry about moving the stone. God’s good at that. You just keep putting one faithful foot in front of the other and let God take care of the rest.

Oh, what we miss when we make camp in the painful place of disappointment and refuse God’s invitation to continue the adventurous journey. We miss the moments of sudden glory when our eyes are shut tight because of discouragement, and our hearts are bolted fast with despair.

Don’t allow the weight of discouragement hold you down or lower your expectations of the life in Christ. Get up. Get moving. Open your eyes. Open your heart. There’s more to experience just around the bend.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, sometimes I get so discouraged that I just stop. I drive my tent pegs down in the soil of discouragement and camp out. I know I need to leave the past behind and press on toward what is ahead. That is exactly what I’m going to do today. Give me the courage and the power of the Holy Spirit to take the next step out of the wilderness and head toward my Promised Land.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Is there an area of deep disappointment in your life that you’ve gotten stuck in?

What is one thing that you can do to put the past behind and move forward…even if it is still dark? Even if you don’t see a break in the clouds? Even if you don’t see God moving?

More from the Girlfriends

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22 Responses to “Leaving the Land of Disappointment”

  1. Andrea says:

    This is very powerful. Thank you!

  2. Donna says:

    Very powerful message. And much needed. Thank you!🙏💙

  3. LKay says:

    Right now, I’m in the grieving phase of a seemingly lost relationship between me and my precious son, and him and my dear daughter (his sister). My heart is hurting, and my world seems very dark. I’m continuing to pray about the situation, but I cannot ignore my deep sorrow in this dark place. I know I cannot remain in this dark place, but for now my heart is grieving. :'(

  4. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this message today. I have stayed in my tent since my life changed completely last year. I need to find a way to put it behind me, roll away the stone and carry on with my life. Even though things are not working out the way I want them to, I have to dig deep and hold onto my faith in the Lord and know that he has a better plan for me. xxxx 🙂

  5. Sondra says:

    Your message

    . Heading toward my promise land brought a old hymn to my mind. ” I am bound for the promise land, oh who will come and go with me, I am bound for the promise land” Praise God!!!!!!!!

  6. Mandy says:

    This really ministered to me. Thank you

  7. Linda says:

    Thank you for today’s devotional, Sharon. It was just what I needed!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Needed.

  9. Beckie says:

    Thank you for sharing this life-igniting truth! In my case, we “have” crossed the Red Sea, yet it’s still dark and I have a God-instilled duty to go face the source of the “disappointing waters,” but I don’t have to camp there. By faith, I rise above the “disappointing waters!”
    May God continue to bless you as He has blessed me through the GID devotionals.

  10. Sharon says:

    I have camped out in depression, fear, despair, and anxiety for 12 years, and I’m so tired. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I wonder if it will ever end. Your words have encourged and given me hope today. I want to be free. I truly desire to get up, and get moving. Thank you.

  11. Kathy M says:

    Your message spoke right to my heart this morning! I am beginning a new chapter in my life and things are not moving along as quickly as I would like. There are plenty of things I can do while I am waiting however I tend to feel sorry for myself and get stuck. Thank you for the reminder to keep moving and doing what needs to be done while waiting for the next step – as He leads.

  12. Charlene says:

    I am mired in this place of disappointment. The last couple of years have brought .. A diagnosis of chronic illness for myself, cancer and recent loss of my brother(in law)and losing my Mom slowly, with dementia….. my faith has been rocked hard. I have been a strong woman of faith in my family and community for a long long time, lived and thrived through many challenges…. I am as surprised as any, that I am in this dark place. Praying that as I move through the study, Broken into Beautiful…I may find restoration.

    • Lillian says:

      Thank you for sharing. When I am stuck in this place it is really nice to know that I am not alone and suffering . Sometimes I feel like if we just have enough faith or do the right things then God is supposed to bless us. When I don’t feel He is hearing me it feels like I’m failing somehow. I know it sounds kind of dumb but it’s really nice to know strong Christian women struggle too.

    • Suzan says:

      It fully understands where you are coming from. I too went through many deaths. I have had a illness for several years. I am swimming in the water but because God is good he lifts me up so I don’t drown. Remember even when your tired and don’t think he is there he is holding you in the palm of his hand

  13. Beth says:

    WOW!!! These GiG devotionals have really been BRINGIN’ IT this week!!! This is exactly what I have been feeling in my spirit for a long time, but I hadn’t been able to locate the words to really express it. Keep moving. Pull up those tent pegs, don’t remain stuck in a pit. Keep moving forward, asking God to lead. Thank you, and God bless!

  14. judy says:

    first off just want to thankyou for your devotionals that you send me,i really enjoy them i look forward each day to them. they keep me lifted up. this one in particular. i have been discouraged,see my husband is the provider of our family,i cant work or drive,would like to help him,but cant. because i have epilepsey! ihave had it since i was 12 and now am 61. it is very discoraging not being able to get anywhere much less see the people i would like to see. we do go to church,we are both saved. my husband is a diabetic,so he has to carry everything alone. which bothers me cause i cant do anything outside the home such as a job. but do do things in the house,such as housework. thats why its so nice to hear from you on different topics. it does help some. please forgive for rattling on. but did want to express how much these mean to me each day.
    Thankyou so much.
    judy

  15. Janis says:

    Your message today pin pointed what I need. Keep my relationship with God and trust him

  16. Samantha says:

    So needed today,,brokenhearted and in a dark place,,it gives me the courage and inspires me to try. Thank you

  17. Diane Scherer says:

    I would like to receive the daily messages

  18. Rhonda says:

    A bit like a book l am reading. Pressing despite my disappointment dejections various battles.keep doing the victory dance. Just get honest with yourself draw nearer to Christ this time around no straying. Whether you are in wasteland or a season where prays are being answered quickly.

  19. Joan says:

    Awesome Analogy of the of Mary Magdalene at tge Tomb of Jesus, the Analogy of Leah and Rachael.. I can si relate to that, good explanation , making clear, and real. And then your Prayer & Solution. Onky God inspired Women can tue that in all together. I feel healed. I have gotten seceral messages from this Devotional piece. So grateful that God used you to explain his wisdom and faithfulness towards us even in our darkest hours. Such a blezsing! Thank you for sharing this Jewel from the heart of God thru the ministry of GIG..I AM ENLIGHTENED AND WILL EXERCISE THIS TOOL AND SHARE WITH ITHER WOMEN IN GOD.. THE LORDS BLESSINS ON YOUR MINISTRY.

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