One thing is certain – we are going to face disappointment in life. It may be a rejection, a failed relationship, not getting that dream job or dream ________. Disappointment is inevitable in life. How do we deal with disappointment when it comes, and how can we minimize its impact?

I just returned home from a writer’s conference where I met with agents, publishers, and authors for feedback on my writing and the possibilities of publishing Bible studies.

When I attended my first writers’ conference several years ago, I went with high expectations of what God was going to do with my writing! I just knew a publisher was going to hand me a contract, and an agent would want to represent me. But, it didn’t take long at that conference to be shaken back to reality. I had a long way to go in my writing – I wasn’t as good as I thought I was.

My expectations weren’t realistic. The result – disappointment.

I’ve grown a lot since that first writers’ conference. When I signed up to go back this past week, I went with no expectations. Yes, I met with publishers, agents, and authors, and I submitted my work for critiques. But, I didn’t expect anything grand to come from it. My purpose in going this year wasn’t to get a contract or agent, but to learn how to be a better writer.

However, I confess, I did have hope that someone would say, “Crickett, I love your work, and I want to help you get it out to a broader audience.” But, that didn’t happen. And yes, I did face disappointment. But, God is reminding me I need to trust His perfect plan for my life.

He has given me the opportunity to write for the women’s ministry at my church. And if that is the only audience He wants me to write for, then I need to trust His plan for me.

As I’ve had some time to reflect on the week – classes, meetings, one-on-one conversations – I have a choice: trust God, or demand my way. I want to trust God.

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8

Are you disappointed today about something? Has life not turned out the way you wanted? Can you trust His hand?

I’d love to hear from you – what helps you deal with disappointment?