Updated: Jan 6
Every day, I have found that no matter how much I plan, something always seems to find its way out of place. This can happen first thing in the morning when planning on waking up early to get a jump on the job. This can happen in the middle of the day when a scheduled lunch date gets cancelled. And of course, it can happen in the evening when heavy traffic prevents me from making it to my child's recital on time. These are just some situations that allow for frustration to creep in. One thing I have learned is frustration should be dealt with, as soon as, things do not go as planned. The best way for me to release negative energy comes after a frustrating situation is to remember "God is in control". How cliché, right?
Honestly, this simple task has helped me more often than so. And I can easily say that again... When I forget to check my frustration(s) at the door, I find myself becoming both, anxious and stressed. And when I reflect on the situation, the root of the problem was never addressed properly when it should have been. I constantly have to remind myself that things will not always go my way and I must trust the will, nature, and Promise of the Lord. Romans 8:28 ESV states, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." As stated previously, we must trust the will, nature, and Promise of the Lord to get through both, good and bad situations in life.
Sometimes, it is easier said, rather than practiced, when it comes to actively pursuing the righteous path. I have experienced, first hand, how easy it is to lose my way and feel like I am spiraling out of control. As the people around me see a smiling face on the outside, there is sometimes a heavy heart on the inside. The elevated amount(s) of stress can sometimes feel unbearable to the point where I just have to get away to a place of my own. At least I think that I will be alone... Isaiah 41:10 states, "fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." It is in those times of complete frustration that I am able to call on the Lord and remember just who He is and what He has done. Ultimately, He provides a source of joy and wellbeing that I cannot locate anywhere else. When everything else fails and plans fall apart, He provides the foundation I need to overcome any and all situations.
It is in that moment, that I realize, everything went as planned...