Breaking Up A Pity Party

by | Feb 15, 2014 | personal journey

I expected some good news yesterday. Something exciting! This news, I felt, could be a breakthrough for me. I expected it because I was given “hints” of it. I told my family and a friend what I was expecting. I couldn’t wait.

I watched for its arrival all day long. All. Day. Long.

I watched for it throughout the evening as my husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with dinner and a musical with friends.

As I climbed into bed last night, however, I was met with the painful disappointment that the good news never came.

Not only did I not receive it, it appears this morning that it was given to someone else. I’m happy for the other person, but this was like pouring salt on an already painful wound.

Wow. I never expected this one. This was the second big disappointment for me this week. Needless to say, soon the pity party commenced in my living room, with classic party favors found at a typical party like this… feeling sorry for myself, sadness, the desire to consume comfort food (the bag of Doritos were screaming loudly at me), wanting to stay in my pajamas and under a blanket all day, a splitting headache, and an overall feeling of discouragement took over in a short amount of time.

Thankfully, my husband didn’t join my party, and neither did my friend whom I texted the news to. Their words of encouragement broke the party up, almost as quickly as it started.

Because of their encouragement, I turned my focus to the One who understands grief, disappointment, and frustration. I read Psalm 62. Verses 5-8 spoke clearly to me in The Voice translation:

My soul quietly waits for the True God alone because I hope only in Him.
He alone is my rock and deliverance, my citadel high on a hill; I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my significance depend ultimately on God; the core of my strength, my shelter, is in the True God.
Have faith in Him in all circumstances, dear people.
Open up your heart to Him; the True God shelters us in His arms.

How these words covered my painful wound and took the sting away. Healing is found in God’s Words.

What about you? What do you do when faced with discouragement or disappointment? Are you like me and have a tendency to throw a big pity party with as many party favors as possible? I pray not, but if you’re in the middle of one right now, I’d like to help break up the party.Today, like each of the days we are given, is too short and too important to stay immersed in a pity party. God has bigger plans for your life, my friend! As simple as it may sound, take a moment to tell God how you’re feeling and ask Him to encourage you, to teach you, and to help you put an end to the party. Trust He’ll use the experience for good in your life.

I closed my Bible, got off the couch, changed out of my pajamas, made a bowl of healthy oatmeal (and said no to the Doritos), and got on with my life.
I don’t understand the entire situation with not receiving that good news yesterday, but I guess I don’t need to. God understands, and I can trust He will handle it according to His purposes and plans for my life. I’m in good hands. Good news or no good news, my significance depends on Him. And I can rest in that today.
God bless you on this Saturday!
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