It does not take long to search the Bible for examples of disillusionment in its many forms … person-to-person, and with God.
So what might be the gift of disillusionment?
Look at the word. ”Dis” and “illusion.” Disillusion is what rids us of our illusions. That sure is neither a pretty nor pleasant process. But it is necessary.
St. John of the Cross based an invaluable Christian theology around it when he wrote of the “Dark Night of the Soul.” Those “dark nights” as he held it were not there to crush us but were God’s endeavor to free us, to free us from views of God that were simply inaccurate, or in a softer holding, views of God that may have served us for a time but no longer serve us.
That may not make times of disillusionment easier to navigate through. But maybe it does this … maybe it gives a sense of meaning and purpose to what can feel like a very dark time.