Every now and then I hit a wall of frustration. It’s usually when I’m trying to complete a task I’m not confident of, or when I’m up against a deadline. I get a sense of panic which ironically, further complicates my ability to finish the task. At its worst it causes me to snap at others, even if they’re trying to help.
This kind of panic isn’t limited to tasks. It happens in relationships as well. If we’re having trouble with being understood or even understanding someone else can bring on feelings like this. You cannot remake yourself with all kinds of resolutions to be better. It takes evaluation and action.
We do need to recognize the early warning signs and intervene before saying or doing something we’ll regret. Our impatience disturbs not only our sense of well-being, but also that of people we love. We also want to be effective in the tasks and jobs assigned to me.
Stepping back can be as simple as a short prayer with some quiet time. Asking God for insight and peace can often bring calm. Peace is the opposite of irritation and frenzy. Insight is recognizing where I am weak, and prayer connects us to the Lord who knows us better than we do ourselves.
This isn’t magic, and it’s far short of anything I’d call a miracle. It’s a simple discipline that reminds us that we all fall short of the glory of God.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28