We all know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In some ways, it’s become a mantra for handling life’s disappointments. When life doesn’t go your way, make something out of it. When you are disappointed with the way things are, change them for the better. When something bad happens to you, don’t let it get you down.
But is this the best way to handle disappointments? Do we just put a smile on our face and pretend the bitterness is really sugar in disguise?
I don’t know about you, but I can’t just do that.
Shadow of the Fall
We all face disappointments at some point. Whether it’s failing to make the cheerleading squad for the second year in a row (true confession) or not getting the job you have always dreamed of, disappointment starts early and lasts until we reach the grave.
If you live long enough, you will experience disappointment in some capacity. That’s a given. But is there a way to think theologically about our disappointments? I think so.