Few experiences in life are more humiliating than being stood up. As we sit alone at a café table or wait anxiously at a restaurant entrance, our emotions run the whole gamut of worry, then embarrassment, then anger, then bitterness, then disappointment, then perhaps jadedness.
The word disappointment literally means having an anticipated appointment unmade unexpectedly – an appointment with success, with accolades, with love, with companionship, or with the object of our desire. When we are stood up our minds immediately rush to cast blame and identify a culprit for our disappointment. Who is responsible? Who cancelled the anticipated appointment? Sometimes our disappointment is with ourselves, sometimes it is with others, often it is with God.
The life of Joseph in Old Testament was marked with many bitter disappointments. His father unwisely showed him great favoritism and Joseph unwisely lorded it over his brothers. Not surprisingly, his brothers hated him with murderous rage and, at the first opportunity, seized him and sold him into slavery in Egypt. Once there, he was unjustly accused by his master’s wife and thrown into prison and forgotten.
Later in Joseph’s life, he was able to look in his life’s rear-view mirror and declare to his brothers, “what you meant for evil, God meant for good.” But as these events unfolded he no doubt experienced disappointment with his family, his situation and, perhaps, even his God. In Joseph’s story we have a foreshadowing of Jesus’ humiliation and suffering as our savior. But here we may also find wisdom to follow Christ in the midst of our own bitter disappointments.
Join us this Lord’s Day, April 15, as we examine the story of Joseph from Genesis 39 and consider what it looks like to follow Jesus in the midst of disappointment. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.