My grandmother had a great way of dealing with frustration. When it became too hard to cope with the memory of losing five children to untimely death; managing a farm; nursing a husband who survived 2 massive stokes – she would go to the woods. She would sit there for a while and look at the beauty of God’s creation, focus on it for a while, cry a little and then return to her life with a new outlook.
Frustration is described as a feeling of disappointment, exasperation, or weariness caused by goals being thwarted or desires unsatisfied, according to the dictionary, We all go through times like this. There isn’t a person on the planet that hasn’t been frustrated at some point in their lives. It can be a very debilitating emotion or it can be used as a tool to get out of that negative frame of mind. We can let it get the best of us or we can look to God and His omnipotence and get refreshed by that.
The situations that caused our frustration isn’t going to change, but the way we deal with them will. Some folks throw up their arms in despair and ask God why He’s doing this to them. Others try to cover their frustration by putting on a happy face, but still harbor negative feelings within.
Positive and negative energy have one thing in common. They are both forms of energy. Choosing the negative is only going to lead to a defeatist attitude, self-reliance and never getting anywhere. If we decide to go the other route, we can become energized, push forward and never give up. Turning our attention to the only power source, will allow us to become fully recharged. Our Creator knows what’s best for us. After all, He has promised us that He has a plan for our lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”