Honk If You’re Frustrated
By Sabrina McDonald
I drove down the road bobbing my head to the beat of our newest church praise song, sporting a bumper sticker that says, “Caution: Driver may be singing.” Right in the middle of my car dance crescendo, the lyrics halted my jam: “You’re the God of frustration …”
Rewind. Let’s listen to that again.
“You’re the God of restoration.”
Okay, phew! Back to Dance Revolution: Mom Edition.
I laughed at myself because it seems my hearing problem might have been the result of projection. Life has been pretty frustrating lately. My husband has been without a job for six weeks. Some dear friends are trying to decide whether to move to another state.
Everything is shifting, and all we can do is wait. Wait on God and trust Him. As a finite human, that can be frustrating!
Our worship pastor’s response when I relayed my misinterpretation was right on: “He’s not the God of frustration, but He is still God in our frustration.”
Maybe your marriage is going through a rough patch. Maybe finances, stress, depression, or anxiety are making you question, “Why, God?!”
And still no answer. Still you wait.
As a friend once reminded me during a dark season, “We don’t know why God does what He does, but we do know that whatever the reason, it’s good.”
And I would add, waiting on Him is also good. That’s what faith is all about—believing without seeing, without answer, yet with confidence.
Thankfully, there are promises for those who wait, like this one: “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
No matter how frustrating life may seem right now, God is working in the background. How is He speaking through the mess?
The answer may surprise you.
The good stuff: The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Action points: Think of some ways God can use this waiting time to work in your life. When you catch yourself worrying, take out a piece of paper and write out some prayers instead. Google “What does the Bible say about waiting?” and write some of the Scriptures on sticky notes. Then put them on the fridge for a daily reminder.
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