We’ve all heard the cliché’, “life is full of disappointment”. Our team of short-term missionaries that visited Ghana this past summer is experiencing one of those disappointments. The team visited an orphanage and was profoundly touched by the children there. Returning home from the journey they were fueled with passion to make a difference. But recent information about the orphanage has caused confusion and disappointment.
Thinking intently about this in recent days I recalled the story of Joseph whose own brothers sold him into slavery. From slavery he was thrown into prison – an innocent man, again victimized by another. Do you think he was disappointed? But God was in control; God was in the disappointment. Jonah was disappointed when he thought he had done what God told him to do but God didn’t do what Jonah thought He would do. God extended mercy and grace. Jonah was disappointed but God was in control; God was in the disappointment. Job endured unprecedented hardship, losing everything and everyone. Even his friends turned on him. Do you think he was disappointed? Yet, God was in control; God was in the disappointment.
Although our team is disappointed about the recent news we’ve heard, God is in control; God is in the disappointment. We don’t like what we’ve discovered but I trust that because God led us to Nkwanta and to God’s Eye Orphanage He has a plan. I’m trusting in Him. He’s proved over and over again to be trustworthy and up to any task…just consider how the stories above turned out!