Frustration. My fairly free day of organizing and planning quickly turned into more responsibilities being added onto my already full plate. I tried not to be crabby at my family, since it wasn’t their fault and if I’m snappish then they are too. But I was very, very frustrated. My daughter asked if I was mad at her, “no” I said, “I’m mad at situations that are happening today”.
Friday’s Bible study was on perseverance. I tried to calmly draw upon what we talked about and persevere through the day. It’s not that my day was that bad, it just wasn’t want I wanted it to be. I tried not to let all the new piled on items overtake me. I persevered through the day, tried to be patient and enjoyed the moments I could. At the end of the busy day, I took 30 minutes and made a very small dent in what I had hoped to do earlier in the day. Woohoo!
I finally fell into bed and as I was thinking about my day, I realized I hadn’t written this post! I laid there for a few moments thinking about what to write and if I should just skip it. You’d all understand. But I know God wanted me to get up and write. About this, about what to do when you want to scream because your nice day got hijacked, or help more but know you’ll get sucked into more than you have time for, or just go to sleep and not follow through on a commitment.
I laid there in bed and did what we talked about on Friday. I prayed. I asked God to give me something to write about besides my frustration. And here it is-we need to pray. Not get frustrated, not take deep sighs lamenting our plight, not complain, just pray. When we pray and ask for wisdom, direction, patience, or whatever is needed, we must have faith and trust in God, not ourselves.
As I lay there, praying about what to write, this verse from Friday’s Bible study came to me:
1 Peter 1:3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
God has given us everything we need.
These verses also came to my mind:
James 1:2-6 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone.
Apparently God knew I would need these verses when I put the Bible study together. He knew I would need endurance and patience and not about my knee, but about my days. Days like today. Days like you and I will continue to have when things don’t go as planned.
When that happens, just pray. Pray and let God speak to you. If it’s not coming, open your Bible and listen to where it takes you and how is it speaking into your life. When you seek Him, be sure your faith is in Him and He will give you what you need.
I know I needed to understand this today. I sense maybe one of you does as well. Don’t let hijacked days define or frustrate you. Just pray.