Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dealing with Disappointments

First of all, I want to thank everyone for participating in our Annual Shoe Contest. We will announce a winner in a few days!

Today I'm supposed to be at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. I had planned to take my father up into the lighthouse for a belated birthday present. He took us to see the lighthouse when I was a little girl, long before it became endangered by the sea and was relocated 2,870 feet inland. The first photo is of the original location and you can see how close it is to the ocean. He has been wanting to see it since they've relocated it in 1999. The second photo is from the National Park Service during the move.

Today was supposed to be that day. But my mom became ill, was hospitalized, and we had to cancel. I could tell they were disappointed, but I reminded them that things happen for a reason. In spite of the plans we had made, this trip wasn't meant to be--today. They close the lighthouse on October 11th for the winter season and will reopen again in April. We will get a chance to go another time, and maybe we'll be able to stay longer and visit other lighthouses.

The good news is, my mom came home from the hospital yesterday and seems to be doing okay. We are praying she will continue to heal and will have no further problems. Some other things came to light, and it was further proof that we were meant to stay home.

I'm reminded of the verse, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6) Like a beacon of light, He will direct our paths.

God has directed our path today. So many times he directed me from somewhere else and I experienced disappointment. I may have cried and questioned Him, but He knew better than me. Often, it isn't until later--sometimes much later--that we see the full reason behind it. Then understanding and acceptance is much easier.

This has happened when my manuscripts were rejected. My debut novel was meant to be released by Abingdon Press, a publisher that wasn't even publishing fiction during those years I received all my rejections. I was meant to work with a wonderful, spirit-filled editor who has such great insight, Barbara Scott. She wasn't working there when I received my rejections. God was holding me off for a better moment, a better place, where I belonged, while He orchestrated all the details to make everything fit at the appointed time of my publication.

What disappointments have you experienced that later turned out to be a blessing? Please share so your story can lift someone up and inspire others who may be experiencing a difficult disappointment right now.

The photo above is of my daughter and I at the base of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in 2007 in its new location.  The last photo is of the view I took from the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse 198 feet from the ground.


  1. Jenn, I thought this was very touching about your Dad not being able to visit the lighthouse. I hope when you are able to go with him, it will be a more rewarding trip. Love seeing the photos.

  2. Jennifer,
    What a meaningful example of God's perfect timing! Often we are impatient, but you have assurance of God's better plan. You experienced it with your first novel. Great inspiration for the rest of us!

  3. So very true! Thank you for the reminder!
    Just popped over through a link from someone who follows you and who posted on Seekerville! :)

  4. Christy, Thank you! I hope we'll be able to go in the spring or maybe next fall.

  5. Alice, That first book seemed to take FOREVER! But God does have perfect timing.

  6. Elizabeth, Thanks for stopping by. Missy Tippens is part of our blog and Seekerville. You might have found us through her.

  7. Jennifer,
    Hope your mother gets better and you can all have a wonderful trip in the spring. Until then, if your mother is feeling up to it, I hope you find something else special to bond your family together further during the fall or winter seasons.

  8. Jenn, I'm sorry you couldn't go. But I'm glad to hear your mom is home now. I was just about to email to ask about her! :)