Disappointment and Joy


Weeping may stay all night, but by morning, joy (Psalm 40:5b, Common English Bible).

I am an Astros fan. I always have been an Astros fan. Short of some stunt like the Oilers pulled several years ago when they moved to Tennessee, I can’t imagine that there will be a day that I am not an Astros fan. The Astros were an expansion team in 1962. I was four years old. Though I don’t remember it, my parents told me I had been to a game at the old Colt Stadium before the Astrodome was built.

Over the years I have seen good teams and bad teams. I have seen some wins along the way as well as some losses. In 2005 I was ecstatic when the Astros went to their first World Series after 43 years. I was very disappointed after they were swept by the White Sox.

This year brought new excitement when the Astros returned to the World Series. Last night was another bout with disappointment. Leading the series 2-1, the Astros fell in the late innings and lost 6-2. I am not surprised. There are really good reasons both teams are here. Of course, I wanted the Astros to win. I always want the Astros to win. Even when the Astros aren’t in the game, I want the Astros to win. And, in the Houston metro area, after so many years of futility, it is wonderful to see our team this close.

It also makes every loss even more disappointing for fans. I have to remind myself every so often that it is just a game. My life will not change, win or lose. Yes, I want them to win. But in the end, it is just a game.

After watching the game I sat down to write this post. Having a few days between blog series, I was thinking about what I wanted to say. It occurred to me that we all, whether we are Astros fans or not, face disappointment in life. But, when it is all said and done, what do I have to be disappointed about? It is just a game.

I have a great family and awesome friends. I am regularly surrounded by people who care about me. I have a career I enjoy (well there are a few things every once in a while). I am able to spend time doing many other things that bring joy to my life, wood carving, working with paracord, strumming my guitar, writing music (well, more lyrics than the actual music but I have done both), writing in other ways. My list could get pretty long.

I also live at a time in history where I can watch my favorite teams, baseball, and others, as well as many other things I enjoy. When Major League Baseball began 141 years ago, not only could I not watch a game on television, I couldn’t have even listened to it on the radio. And, while I sat through a disappointing game tonight, I also got to watch two games where I was really happy with the result.

As I think about it tonight, I can take that verse fragment from Psalms very literally. “Weeping may stay all night, but by morning, joy!” Yes, I am disappointed tonight. But tomorrow morning, it is the Lord’s Day. It is Sunday and I get the privilege of preaching to God’s people. As a preacher, I can’t think of many things that bring me more joy. Yes, there is sadness tonight, but joy will come in the morning.

For all of us, there is a reason to celebrate, there is a reason for joy. Remember the words of the psalmist, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24, New Revised Standard Version).

So, despite the disappointment, even when our team losses (it is only a game), we have a reason for joy. So, we live out Paul’s words to the Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4, New Revised Standard Version).

Have a blessed (and joyful) day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


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