Posts Tagged ‘frustration’

How often is the irritation we feel towards others a result of us having unspoken expectations? Scripture says to freely give just as we freely receive. Both of those are tough. Is it okay to get agitated when we don’t get what we think we deserve? Or even more so is it all right for us to give but then be disturbed when the gift wasn’t appreciated to the degree we believe is appropriate? The closer our relationship with God the more we come to understand that everything belongs to Him and when we no longer assume ownership we can let go of expectations and freely give what we have so wonderfully received.

I think we’ve pretty well established that there is much more God for us to know, love and be loved by. But in order for us to have room for more of Him there needs to be less of us. How much of the frustration, difficulty, dissatisfaction and aggravation we carry around each day is the result of self? How much time, effort and energy is spent trying to satisfy our own perceived needs? How often do our insecurities keep us from what we know God has for us? The answer for me is, most.

With God there can be freshness to each moment. He makes all things new doesn’t mean one and done, it means even the things already changed are in the process of transformation. Understanding this allows us to avoid the ruts in life, gives us more compassion for the world and provides an appreciation for what is going on whether seen or unseen. Our frustrations can diminish and we get to come along folks and change together.

Genuine intimacy only happens when we are willing to be real with each other. This is especially true in our relationship with God. We have to come to him in our weakness and insecurity. Putting on an artificial “life is always grand” front only keeps the Lord and others at arms length. We needn’t be afraid to take everything to Him. Even when we are mad as hell He’s able to take it. It’s much better for us to take our anger and frustration to God than to take it out on those we love. If we’ll be real it will strengthen our relationship and help increase our ability to trust.

Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” There are times when this verse brings great comfort to me and other times when it’s just frustrating. Somehow I forget that he has always been at work in whatever was going on and has never failed to have my best in mind. Yet today I think my way will work out better? Lord forgive me for being absurd. I trust you.