Life is full of ups and downs. Like it or not we all have ideas of what we want to have happen, but as the song goes, "you can't always get what you want." We are taught to "dream big" in Western Society and those that make their dreams a reality are celebrated and everybody else is, well... not.
Things are not always going to be the way we planned or hoped they would be. That stinks. It hurts. No one likes to swallow that pill. There are some people that do get what they always wanted and good for them, but lots won't. Even when our careers aren't great, our kids struggle, our marriage is tough, or our health fails, we can still enjoy the lives we've been blessed to live.
God is still in control and ultimately things will turn out right. We cannot see all the moving parts of God's plan, but we can know that God wins in the end. Those that are with Him win in Him. It may not be among the cheering crowds or with gazing admirers, but we can live meaningful joyful lives. We may face one struggle after another day after day, which can be disappointing, but those that trust in God can be encouraged and full of hope. Our confidence comes from knowing that we are loved by God and that He is going to reveal His power to provide through our challenges. This brings Him glory and saves us from despair.
2 Corinthians 4:7–9 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.