Frustrations in life happens to each of us! There is the fine line of anger that can arise if we are not careful. Guard your heart and let not your heart be troubled.
John 14:1-3 (NIV)
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
Jesus spoke to the disciples in time of doubt. There might even be some frustrations among them, but this listen. The is one way to the father and Jesus is that way.
John 14:5-14 (NIV)
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[a] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority.Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
BE CAREFUL ~
We must be careful in what we ask for in life. I've had several prayers that were unanswered my way, but totally answered the way it was meant to be. I use my house in Pinole CA as an example. I wanted that house more than I could tell you. It was my dream home and we had to sale it. I became frustrated in life and that frustration lead to anger. I didn't understand so much about my life and I was in my early 30's. I knew without a doubt that God gave me that house and now is it going away. The why's of it overwhelmed me. My anger grew and I would stop going to church for almost one year. My life was being redirected to a new city and I never wanted to move from Pinole.
My story goes on and I would eventually go back to church. Asking God for forgiveness of my hurts and more understanding in my heart. If we had not lost the house, I would never be living where I am today and sharing life with so many people who truly care about me. I won't say it always makes sense in life, but down the road we learn to deal with new normals. Life didn't only affect me, but my family too. Better things were ahead for us but it was unseen. So many changes happened in one season of life. My kids had to change schools too. Leaving old friends and meeting new ones.
This took walking by faith and pressing into God's plan. Anger didn't go away over night and I still have times I must make myself let go of thoughts. We must remember who is trying to stop us in life, the devil. His plan is to divide us from what is good and leave us broken in life. God's plan is to restore and lift up again. New normals are not always easy or even wanted in this life. Each day is a learning experience and a chance to make things better. I continue to learn to let go of sad feelings in life and press on toward good ones. It sometimes takes me leaving my home now and just taking a walk, a drive or even some window shopping time. A change view often helps too.
I pray today that you let go of what you can't change and change the things you can! My prayers are with you, your family and friends.