I just finished taping the video curriculum for my book, Heavenly Help. This is noteworthy because I taped it the first time in August last year. That attempt was an exercise in frustration from start to finish. I was still recovering from a concussion that I suffered from a snowboarding accident, there were all kinds of technical difficulties, we had production challenges & it just wasn’t good. Today is an entirely different experience & heaps more effective!!
This encouraged me to remember the value of persistence & not giving up when I get discouraged. Be encouraged! Just because you try something & it doesn’t work, doesn’t mean you should automatically quit & give up. Some things require some persistence & trying again 🙂
Sometimes I get frustrated with God, not so much because I’m not getting my way (that was a problem when I was younger), but moreso because of some struggles I have with God about faith & trust. As followers of Jesus, we know that we’re supposed to trust God & keep the faith, but sometimes this gets tricky. It’s in those “sometimes” that I can get frustrated and even mad with God because it can get really difficult and seemingly impossible. Maybe you’ve had some similar challenges in your walk with God pertaining to a health or relationship situation. Maybe you’ve struggled with God about some decisions or the direction you’re supposed to go with your career, education or family consideration.
The Bible is full of people who have been in some of the exact same situations with which we may be struggling. So here are some thoughts that can be helpful:
- timing: sometimes God does last minute work that can be really unnerving – consider when Abraham was about to sacrifice Issac in Gen 22
- bits and pieces: I often find that even though God knows the beginning & the end of stuff, we frequently find ourselves in the “need to know” zone, a little bit at a time and not the giant picture – consider Moses and the incremental nature of how God used him to liberate the Israelites from slavery in Egypt
- honesty with commitment is important for intimacy: you can be honest with God about your frustrations without putting your entire relationship with God at risk – consider Job
- endurance & persistance: the Apostle Paul comes to mind when I think about a biblical example of what endurance looks like, even finishing an extremely well run race with getting his head chopped off
- community: the Bible is full of examples of people encouraging each other in staying obedient to & passionate for God – consider when Jonathon encouraged David about being the king of Israel in 1 Sam
God makes a way when there seems to be no way so be sure to share this with a friend to spread some encouragement! 🙂
Things usually last longer when we keep up with regular maintenance – on our cars, with our homes, health & relationships, which can be kind of tricky. All relationships go through ups and downs, but being steady with the maintenance piece is an essential ingredient for any relationship continuity. With this being said, let’s be certain to keep consistent with the daily maintenance of our walk with God & here are some helpful thoughts about this:
- any effort I give to my relationship with God always seems to be microscopic compared to what I receive back from God
- God applauds faithfulness – another word for maintenance: “Well done, thou God & faithful servant”
- maintenance with God isn’t just a Sunday, Christmas or Easter event – it’s the daily connection through prayer & the Bible that fit the maintenance paradigm
- sometimes this is true: walking with God (maintenance) + working for God = wonders from God ,)
I’ve been noticing some things w my kids that are somewhat eye opening. When I ask them to do something, like the pick up the things they were playing with or clean their rooms, etc, they can sometimes tend to have 1 of 2 reactions: complain or argue. Both of these reactions are becoming very annoying & probably reflect some bad parenting shortcomings on my part. With that being said, the whole complain or argue strategy has started me thinking about how I react to God’s directives in my life.
There are times that I know that God is asking me to do something & I have some “creative answers” that include: I don’t have time, I don’t want to do that, why do I have to do this? that’s a really big sacrifice, I’m not smart enough to do that, I’m too busy doing the other things You told me to do, . . . . .
Some of the ways that my kids respond to me have really started me thinking about how I respond to my heavenly Father. I always want my kids to respond with respect, honor, hard work, no complaining or arguing, etc. I think my heavenly Father would like me to treat His requests in the same way – what great opportunities to grow! 🙂