“You are Invited”
Dear frustration, you have been invited to my party. Date: 2020 Time: Everyday … ALL DAY! RSVP: No need, I know you will show up.
Anyone else feel like they have invited frustration to your party? She brought an appetizer of uncertainty garnished with anxiety. She wore her cutest outfit of expectation and a wine glass full of inadequacy…
And she WON’T LEAVE!
I know I am not alone.
I am a planner, I like lists, colored pens, and get great satisfaction from marking through what I have accomplished in a day, week or month. What I don’t like, is a bare calendar! I don’t like having to scratch through things with a big fat red X. I have a list right now that says… well, nothing! It’s uncomfortable, it’s not who I am.
I am detail oriented, give me all the details, not some broad overview and hypothetical scenarios. That is frustration laughing loudly in the corner and you know she is mocking you.
I want her to leave, but all my friends like her, they welcomed her when she arrived. My kids are even drawn to her. She is the life of the party. I am kicking her out…. NOW!
I could let her stay, but what do I gain from that? She doesn’t help with any of the issues I am facing, the decisions that need to be made, or the anxiety that comes with both.
If I am not careful, my focus will shift, and I will lose sight of what is important. I will lose sight of perspective. Maybe I should have invited Blessing, she always refocuses me. Or Peace, she is a good friend. Attitude adjustment, oh that girl will tell you like it is, but I love her. She pulls me right out of my funky state of mind. She reminds me instead of uncertainty…. Be certain, that despite this crazy time, God is on the throne and this too will pass. Instead of expectations… how about experience, try something unexpected.
Send frustration home with her anxiety, spilling her wine of inadequacy as she stumbles out the door, because God chose you! For today, for this year, for your children. YOU ARE CHOSEN, and chosen people are not inadequate.
Invite Prayer, she too won’t leave, but you will never want her to. She will hold you; she will listen to you; she will remind you.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I am changing my guest list. Are you?
Until next time, Courtney