As a pre-Christmas present to myself :-), I ordered a variety of books that piqued my interest. One of them was a small volume by William Penn titled, Some Fruits of Solitude: Proverbs, Wisdom and Principles for Better Living. I’ve been digesting it in small bits, and I especially love Penn’s insights on Disappointment and Resignation:
32. For Disappointments, that come not by our own Folly, they are the Tryals or Corrections of Heaven: And it is our own Fault, if they prove not our Advantage.
33. To repine at them does not mend the Matter: It is only to grumble at our Creator. But to see the Hand of God in them, with an humble Submission to his Will, is the Way to turn our Water into Wine, and engage the greatest Love and Mercy on our side.
34. We must needs disorder our selves, if we only look at our Losses. But if we consider how little we deserve what is left, our Passion will cool, and our Murmurs will turn into Thankfulness.
35. If our Hairs fall not to the Ground, less do we or our Substance without God’s Providence.
36. Nor can we fall below the Arms of God, how low soever it be we fall.
37. For though our Saviour’s Passion is over, his Compassion is not. that never fails his humble, sincere Disciples: In him, they find more than all that they lose in the World.
What beautiful, meaningful, and challenging thoughts to consider as we each face various situations that could easily lead to disappointment or resignation in our lives.