Life's Little Frustrations
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand."1
Paul Dickson discovered that the size of the cut he inflicted on himself while shaving was directly proportionate to the importance of the event for which he was shaving. That led him to an interest in other "universal laws" evident in daily life. The following are a few of the many he has collected:
"No books you lend are lost except those you particularly want to keep." "There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself; hire someone; or tell your kids not to do it." "You can throw a burnt match out of the window of your car and start a forest fire easier than you can start one under dry logs in your fireplace with a box of matches and the complete edition of the Sunday newspaper."
Let's face it, more often than not, it's life's little annoyances that get to us and hit our "frustration" button. As one humorist put it:
It's the little things that bother us
and put us on the rack,
you can sit upon a mountain,
but you can't sit on a tack!
And most of us have at least one "frustration" button—by whatever name you call it—which is an area of weakness that God wants us to overcome. As long as I have a "frustration button" that is still active, it's a reminder that I still have some growing to do so I can get to the place where I quit being frustrated and trust God for everything!
Hmmm …I'm still working on mine … but God hasn't finished with me yet. Fortunately.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that I can bring all my 'frustrations' to you. When I do this, please help me to see if there is anything I can do to resolve the problem that is causing my frustration, and then do what I need to do to the best of my ability, and trust the outcome to you so that I will experience peace of mind. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Philippians 4:6, 7 (TLB)(NLT).