Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you.
Today we will ponder our lives as we seek to understand the meaning of the spiritual values revealed
in this Tale of Salvation.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Mastery of Disappointment--A Tale of Salvation
"For my eyes have seen thy salvation." Luke, Chapter 2, Verse 30.
One dark night while strolling in the darkness of selfish pursuits, pondering what I could pursue
next, it occurred to me that some people were so cruel. It occurred to me that some people were so
unfair. In my heart of darkness, I wondered why my confusion would not clear. I wondered why I
could not find a suitable solution to my many sided conflicts. I wondered why I could not see the
Some suggested that I pursue things; others suggested I pursue godless ideas, but almost no one
suggested that I pursue my highest ideal, though in all fairness the pursuit of the ideal woman was
my idea. But still my disappointments and frustrations grew. Then one still dark night while
contemplating the meaning of my difficulty and the value of my mental state, I realized that I was
in a moral bind.
So I thought that I would expand my moral breathing space a bit but discovered to my horrible
dismay that I was caught between a rock and hard place of moral difficulty. It was then, right there
standing in that spot of moral quagmire that the trap door of moral darkness fell out from under the
feet of my soul. Suddenly, without any sort of warning that I could recognize, the solid moral
foundation beneath my soul vanished.
I began my free-fall, plunging and plummeting through the darkly void that was darker than
midnight's ink, and as I plummeted on down the darkness increased. And still I fell further and faster.
My speed reached such high velocity towards self destruction that I felt my disorientation magnified,
and I perceived the beginning of the disintegration of my mind and soul into countless fragments.
Fearing that my dying breath was not too far from being sucked into death's icy vacuum, with a
whisper I mumbled "Who can save me?" "Who will save me?" And just as my consciousness began
to dim, the light came on. It was brilliant, so bright that it blinded me, and I could not see. But in
love, that sweet love that I had sought for but never found, with that patience, the very patience that
had eluded me, in mercy, that tender hearted mercy that I had never dreamed of, much less hoped
for, and with healing forgiveness, restoring forgiveness, Jesus said, "I can save you, and I will save
"Behold! For as far as you have fallen, I will raise you. I will even raise you higher, even to the
heights of paradise perfection. And as dark as your night has been, I will give you light, even the
light of my Father. I will heal your wounds, and I will love you. And my love will glue all your
fragments of self back together, and my beauty will make you whole. My truth will lead you, while
my goodness will nourish your starving soul."
"Your very pain will I use. Out of your pain wrecked soul, I will bring pleasure to your brothers and
sisters. Out of your sorrow, even the depths of your sorrow will joy flow as you tell your sisters and
brothers that they are sons and daughters of the heavenly Father. And out of your disappointment
will success spring, everlasting success as you tell of your salvation from the very jaws of darkness.
You are mine because I have given you life, eternal life. You are my messenger of hope and faith.
Your very life will testify of the power of my love, patience, mercy and forgiveness."
"Never more shall you walk the streets of moral and spiritual darkness. Never more will you feast
on the sour grapes of evil's bitterness, and never more will you choke on the tough meat of lies and
broken promises. Others may go up or down, may fall by the wayside of selfishness, but you my son
because of your sincere desire to wholeheartedly do My Father's will, will go forward in the light of
truth. Because of your fixed commitment, I know that I can trust you. Never will you turn back, for
you know that there is nothing for you to turn back to. Never will you look back, for you know that
there is nothing to look back to."
"Never will you stumble over disappointment again. Never will you confuse material failure with
spiritual success. You have learned that the goals of living are spiritual. I know that nothing can
seriously shake your faith since the very life you are living now is a faith venture."
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the mastery of disappointment-a
tale of Salvation. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go
about your day. Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.