Sometimes life can be frustrating. Today has been one of those days. I googled frustration earlier today to make sure that was what I was feeling. HA! Sure enough. Webster’s dictionary told me that frustration is “the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.” Google also pulled up an article for me, and while most of the article wasn’t relevant for me today, this was-
Frustration ultimately goes back to lacking understanding about something.
Isn’t that the truth?!? If we understood completely how to get the result that we’re looking for, we wouldn’t be frustrated about anything because we’d know exactly what to do!
I finally sat down on the couch and pulled up my Bible app and jumped into John 14. Verses 14 & 16 & 17 were amazing!
You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever-the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives in you and is in you.
I was encouraged by a couple things here.
- Ask for what I need. Jesus says to ask for anything, and He’ll do it. Now I know this isn’t like the winning lottery ticket-ask for anything at all that your heart desires, and you’ll get it! But when we ask for things that we know are ours to have, Jesus is ready and willing to give it. So I asked for wisdom and understanding about my questions and frustration.
- Be OK with the process of my life; I’ve got the best Guide for the process! The Holy Spirit lives in me, and He is my guide and friend. When I’m not sure which way to turn or what to do, He can guide me. What about days like today when it felt like He was mute?? I felt comforted that He is there, and if there’s something that I have to know right now, He’ll be sure to tell me. But I also felt encouraged to be OK with the process of my life. Just because I want an answer yesterday doesn’t mean that an answer yesterday is what is best for me.
I came across a blog post, too, that spoke right into my questions-What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do by Michael Hyatt. It spoke directly into my feelings of overwhelm and gave me ideas about what to do next.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or paralyzed about a situation in your life, talk with Jesus about it and ask for what you need, remember that the Holy Spirit lives in you and will keep you from de-railing your life if you listen to His promptings, and do the next right thing.
What works for you when you feel overwhelmed or frustrated?
Tell me in the comments; I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.