My wife woke up early Monday morning to listen to Charles Stanley preach on frustration and on how God can use our frustration.
I woke up a little later after her, slowly trying to wake up and brew a cup of coffee in the kitchen while my wife took notes on Charles Stanley’s sermon that I heard in passing.
As Charles Stanley talked, he made a point that struck me…a point that I will paraphrase…that frustration comes from when you want something to be but it is not. Frustration comes from when you can’t get to where you want or get what you want for some reason.
My wife and I spent over an hour talking about our greatest frustrations thanks to that sermon.
Fortunately neither one of us were frustrated with each other.
You can laugh..Rachel and I are doing awesome!
But, we talked about the frustration of getting to our dreams…our hopes….our goals…our wants…for a life that was what we imagined.
Frustration settles in when you have to pay the bills in one place while pursuing your dream on the other side of it when you really want to pursue the dream job.
Frustration can settle in when you are struggling with an issue of the past and it seems like the more you pray the more difficult things get.
Frustration can settle in when you’re sick but you can’t seem to get well.
But, God can use the frustration you have. And often, that’s exactly what He’s trying to do.
What are you trying to escape from? What are you REALLY trying not to deal with? What do you really think of God? Do you truly believe in Him?
Rather than medicate or busy myself or try to escape in some way, I allow the frustration to be used by the Lord. This starts in prayer. This starts in “diligently” seeking him (Hebrews 11:6) and trusting and believing that He has a reason…a plan…a purpose… for why you’re not healed yet, not in that new opportunity you want yet, not accepted yet, not received yet, not where you want or what you want yet.
We miss it when we medicate the pain. We miss the opportunity for God to show us His love for us in the midst of the frustration — and to in fact relief and free us of the frustration and give us peace in the middle of all of the “frustrating” times.
I’m learning to stay faithful in prayer, seeking the Lord, trusting Him with all of the circumstances and in every circumstance AND living in the peace the Lord gives me when things are not favorable.