The Ability to Defeat Disappointment

The Ability to Defeat Disappointment

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Ps 34: 18

If you could possess one special power, what would that power be? This is one of my favorite questions to ask groups as a team-building activity. It elicits a wide variety of responses, most of which are related to comic book superheroes. Flight and invisibility are two of the more desired powers. Yet, last summer, I heard a first. A young woman wanted the power to defeat disappointment.

Her response caught me completely off guard. Most people add a power to expand their experience of life, such as, the ability to teleport, or the power to move things with their minds. Others choose powers to defeat enemies like fire, super-strength or the ability to shoot lightning bolts. This gift, though, has only one purpose, emotional self-preservation.

This morning as I read Psalm 34, her words came immediately to my mind. What does the psalmist offer us but the ability to defeat disappointment? The Lord saves the crushed in spirit. Now, looking back, I failed to tell her she already had that power.

The world tries to convince us we can do anything. Yet, my experience of the world often stands in conflict with this message. There is no shortage of voices telling me what I cannot do and where I have failed. People in the world tell us all we need is love. However, my experience reveals many have not received that message. Nothing crushes the spirit quite like hatred and failure.

When our hearts become broken, we tend to think, “I should have been able to…” Unfortunately, no human is able to defeat disappointment alone. A crushed spirit, though, opens our heart to the one who can heal the brokenhearted. It gives the soul a reason to boast in the Lord.

Click to read: Psalm 34: 2-3;6-7;18-19

Reflection Questions: What would your super power be? Where would this super power still leave you vulnerable? When have you experienced a crushed spirit? Where did you find healing? Today, pray for healing from those with a crushed spirit.


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