“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” –Isaiah 49:23b
The day we brought Lexi home, my kids and I took her for a walk. The kids wanted to take turns holding the leash. But—as we quickly discovered—Lexi was not a good walker. She lunged and bit the leash and growled at our feet. The presence of the kids themselves just added to her excitement. They were a huge distraction, and eventually I forbade them from walking the dog with me. They were so disappointed. All of us have been disappointed when we walk with God. We dream of how we hope things will be; we imagine something like perfection. We know what we want—but we don’t get it. We’re so disappointed. We’re disappointed because we put our hope in the outcome, not in God. Isaiah 49:23 promises, “Those who hope in me will not be disappointed” (emphasis mine). If our walk isn’t going the way we wanted, we have to trust that it’s going the way God wants. Lexi needed time to learn to walk with the kids, but now they can walk together.
Dear God, Teach me to hope in you so that I will never be disappointed. Amen