Having an important check to write, I reached into my shirt pocket for my favorite pen. It was not there! So going to the kitchen table, I picked up a pen laying there and began to write. Over one half of the first word was just a scribbled depression on the paper. No ink! Another time I had a place to go and wanted to look nice so I looked in my closet for my favorite colored shirt. Don't really know why it is my favorite other it feels good when I wear it. Could not find it!
In the TV room, I have a small electric heater controlled with a remoter. One of those raw windy evenings I felt cold so, picking up the remote I pushed the "On" button.. Nothing! After pushing the button several times, I replaced the batteries! Both were dead.
Now, as I said, these minor irritants and frustrations happened over a long period of time so I was not confronted with a pile of frustrations happening in one single day. Had that happened, I would have torn my hair out! Well, if I had some hair! :)
Everyone has times when something does not work, is lost, broken or just not what was needed at the time. I know I spend lots of time repairing small things and I suppose others do as well! When those small frustrations collect though into a larger pile than I want to deal with I try to find balance! Try to find something good from what had happened.
For instance, when I could not light my stick lighter, I took the time to check how much fuel I had in the smoker, finding it one half empty! Filled it with fuel, lit it with another lighter and it lasted long enough to finish the job! Kept all the little darlings calm!
Standing in front of the fridge's open door, I suddenly remembered to open a drawer finding a plate of left-overs I'd planned to have for dinner. I'd forgotten them and later, had the nicest meal! Not writing that check was actually great because the numbers were wrong and I'd have had to write it over anyway! So, you get the idea. We can't eliminate frustrations but we need not let them get the best of us! There is no rhyme or reason for them, may not even be ouir fault. As the saying goes, "It is what it is!"
Here is where God's humor shows through to us mortals! I could almost hear God laughing when I stood in front of my fridge. Even louder when I opened the door! "What are you doing Bill?" "Going to stand there all day?" Then, "Open the door Bill and look for your unclaimed left-overs. They are still good!" Then muttering to Himself I may have heard as He began to leave, "It isn't manna, but not bad for Mexican food!"
So when life seems to fill with minor irritants and frustrations, find balance: the positive out of the negative. Life will become much better and maybe you will hear God whisper, "Now why did you walk into that room? What are you looking for?" HaHa
Let us each move into the world, finding balance in our lives and God's love in our hearts as we minister to others!