“Disappointment — His Appointment”

I came across this poem the other day from Annie Johnson Flint.  For those who may be struggling with a recent disappointment, I think you may find this very meaningful.

“Disappointment–His appointment,”
Change one letter, then I see
That the thwarting of my purpose
Is God’s better choice for me.
His appointment must be blessing,
Though it may come in disguise,
For the end from the beginning
Open to His wisdom lies.

“Disappointment — His appointment,”
Whose?  The Lord’s, Who loves me best
Understands and knows me fully,
Who my faith and love would test:
For, like loving earthly parent,
He rejoices when He knows
That His child accepts, unquestioned,
All that from His wisdom flows.

“Disappointment — His appointment,”
“No good thing will He withhold,”
From denials oft we gather
Treasures of His love untold.
Well He knows each broken purpose
Leads to fuller, deeper trust,
And the end of all His dealings
Proves our God is wise and just.

Tremendous thoughts for today as we hold on to Jesus and receive His breath of the Holy Spirit to sustain us till the end.


Footnote: Please read comments below and discover how the phrase “Disappointment – His appointment” was acquired.  (2/28/17)

5 Comments on ““Disappointment — His Appointment”

  1. there is a 4th stanza to this poem-
    “Disappointment–His Appointment”
    Lord, I take it, then, as such.
    Like the clay in hands of potter,
    Yielding wholly to thy touch.
    All my Life’s plan is thy moulding,
    Not one single choice be mine;
    Let me answer, unrepining–
    “Father, not my will, but Thine.

  2. This song has been erroneously misattributed and miss credited to Unknown, Anonymous, Edith Lillian Young, and others, especially on the Internet; but the correct author is Laura Sophia Soole published first in Home Words for Heart and Hearth in 1893, page 248, in five stanzas; with these Bible verses appended: “He performeth the thing that is appointed for me.”–Job xxiii. 14.
    “Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.”—Job xiv. 5.
    (Also, it appears the song comes out of her experience of her son’s military career as may be seen in “Ready for either.”: “Incidents in the Life of a Young Cavalry Officer by his Mother.” Mrs. Laura Sophia Soole, Godfrey Hope Soole; with Preface to second edition by Field-Marshal Earl Roberts. Published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company, 1911.)

    • Thank you very much for the information. There is such wonderful history and stories behind the great hymns of our day. Thank you for sharing about Laura Sophia Soole. I will make that footnote at the end of this post.

      • Thanks; I agree and rejoice with you in all those song treasures of our common heritage in God’s Christ.

  3. Phil Keaggy did an amazing version of this back in the 70s.

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