For that hour, I took my eyes off of God. I forgot about my purpose. I forgot about my passion for teaching. I was swallowed up in everything that was going wrong...that I didn’t see anything that was going right.
I literally had a crushed spirit. I am not sure if you can relate or not, but seriously, how easy is it to give into frustration? It is terribly difficult to not give in to frustration. Looking back, I wish I would have just stepped away. I wish I would have taken a moment to pause. I wish I would have taken a moment and looked at all the good things going on around me. If I had done that, I want to think I would have triumphed over you, frustration.
Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.
Isn’t it reassuring that “if we are kicked in the gut” or “crushed in spirit” He is going to be there to help us and rescue us? That is exactly what God did for me the other day. I needed to step away from the circumstances and when I did, God was there pouring out blessings. He had me back on track. I opened my eyes with a thankful heart.
I don’t have to give in to frustration. I just need to realize, my purpose is to serve, my purpose is to encourage, my purpose is not worrying about what I cannot control. How awesome is it to know that no matter how many times I give in to frustration, God will be there helping me catch my breath. But next time when I sense frustration starting to weave into my thoughts, I am going to look up and say this little prayer:
Heavenly Father, open my eyes to the blessings around me. Help me overcome these feelings of frustration and worry. Calm my anxious thoughts and give me peace as I continue completing the tasks before me. In your loving name. Amen.
Next time, frustration, I am going to defeat you.