Have you ever heard of an island called ‘Disappointment Island’? Unimaginable. I came across the name of this island while reading an article online. I was so curious I decided to look it up. Disappointment Island is in the Auckland Islands in New Zealand. The population – ZERO. Well you bet – I do not think anyone would want to have that as their mailing address.
My search revealed that no one can live or stay on Disappointment Island forever because the island lacks fresh water. Did someone say lack fresh water? It is a fact that the island lacks fresh water and we know that humans cannot live without fresh water and food. Some people can live without food for about three weeks but would only last three to four days without water.
Question: How long have you ever lived with disappointment? For some of us the answer will be unbelievable – Forty years. Ten years. One year. Disappointment Island has ZERO population maybe that is the reason humans who live with disappointments are always the one who hate life or make life difficult for others.
Life is full of many disappointments, but we cannot allow our disappointments to stop us or else we will die on the island. Throughout this life, you will experience disappointments on the job, among family members, in the church, in the hospital, with ourselves and with leaderships.
Unpleasant as a disappointment can be, maybe, we can continuously learn something from it without becoming bitter and embroiled in hate. You may as well give up your rights to a long and healthy life if you ever decided to live on Disappointment Island.
Stop feeling frustrated or disappointed with yourself for anything. Doing things wrong and making mistakes is not a bad thing, it is simply part of the learning process. Some people will look for all your mistakes while you are climbing to the top – do not stop to look down to hear what they are saying.
You might have been disappointed and angry with a parent, spouse, relative, employer, or friend and that is totally acceptable, but it does not have to be the end of your life. We all have experienced those feeling but we all did not stay on the Island.
Most healthy people opted to leave because fresh thoughts breed new beginnings. Disappointment or regret can bring you to a standstill and make you die on the Island, so try to think little about what has happened. Forgive yourself or others and move on.
You can move on. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Sometimes, it takes a huge disappointment to get you to the mountain top or to strengthen your faith or to put you in the right place at the right time. No one know God’s ways or His thoughts – we just must believe in His promise.