She sat stewing in her frustration, amazed by the seemingly hard stones over the eyes of their understanding. Why couldn’t they see what she saw? She replayed the conversation over and over for several moments, amazed that “they” still weren’t getting it. And then, like a ton of bricks, a revelation hit her over the head, humbling her right out of her frustration, washing her with regret as she wished she could have just kept her mouth shut. She knew where this revelation came from, the One who loved her enough to correct her and comfort her at the same time: If I really believe that God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do, then why wouldn’t I trust Him with my burdens and blunders?
If you’ve ever experienced exasperated frustration, or a season of waiting for an answer to prayer that really tested your faith then you will be encouraged and glad you joined us for Wednesday’s word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United.
I find I do my best sharing when it’s based on what I have learned in the process of enduring, and what I am still learning. It’s the latter that I find myself in during this season of healing. I mean I could write for hours about what I’m learning on the subject of healing, but at the risk of being too transparent I will say that emotional healing absodarnlutely (my word) is not for the quitter!
Why do I say that? Well, healing takes courage because it has a path of its own, one that is often unknown. Healing requires determination to stay on that path and not deviate, sort of like an unseen operation. One certainly wouldn’t get up in the middle of being operated on, would they? 😊 Which leads to the next thing I’ve learned about healing; it requires an obedience to the One I claim to be my God. And finally, healing often requires waiting and of course it’s hard not to wonder and wander in the waiting.
You and I can agree that the human condition sure makes it hard to sit and wait when you receive no direction, right? I mean, “wait” really is the direction when you receive no direction. But what is it that we do when we are losing hope, getting frustrated beyond exasperation or tired of waiting for others to figure it out? I’m not doing so well in any of these areas lately so it’s time for a tune-up. I mean, honestly, lately I just can’t stand the stench of my negative attitude! I don’t know how He does it and still loves me but I’m so glad He does.
While I can sure share with you what not to do, but then that’s not so encouraging, today I’d like to share what I am learning to do during times such as this with an acrostic using the word “stop”:
Stretch your focus back into His Word to align your thoughts with His
Thank Him in advance for taking it and making it all work together for good
Own your frustration, anger, and/or sadness, and then ask God to change them [you can’t disown what you haven’t owned!]
Pray and praise more vs. participating in private party logic
Yes, I am convinced that what comes out of my mouth reveals who is in control of my life. I want others to see my love for Jesus, not my frustrations with others. May you be encouraged to Stop, no matter what situation you find yourself in…so that those whom He has in your life can tell He is in control of your life.
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