The following is a modernization/paraphrase of Disappointment and Resignation from Some Fruits of Solitude by William Penn (14 October 1644 – 30 July 1718).

Disappointments that come our way, not from our own foolishness, are the trials or corrections of heaven. It is our own fault, however, if we do not grow from these experiences. As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

To complain about these trials does no good. When we do we are, in fact, complaining about God’s handing of things. But to see the very hand of God in these experiences, humbly submitting to His will, is the way to turn this water into wine. Through this we find that the greatest Love and Mercy is in fact on our side.

We need a serious attitude adjustment if we only see what we’ve lost. If, on the other hand, we stop for a minute and consider how little we deserve even what we have left then we will find that our anger and frustration will subside and our grumbling will turn into thankfulness.

If God is aware of every hair on our heads and knows when each falls, how much more so is aware of our situation? If he cares for the grass of the field and the birds of the air, how much more does he care for and provide for us?

No matter how far we fall, or how low we feel, we are never below the reach of God.

Though Christ’s passion (his suffering) is finished, his compassion will never end. He will never fail his humble, sincere disciples. We find more in the very person of Christ Himself than any worldly thing we might lose.


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