Frustration! We all have felt it MANY times. I noticed though as I care for two clients who cannot express their words or feelings except by means of loud vocalizations, that when we are unable to get people to understand what we are trying to say—we get very frustrated.
Jesus felt that frustration. Remember when He said something to the effect, “how much longer am I going to have to deal with you,” referring of course to the Apostles. He also stated quiet a few times--Woe to you, you hypocrits," speaking to the Scribes and Pharisees.
There was also the time He had to clear the tables and I am not referring to the kitchen table. He knows full well all of our emotions, He experienced all of human nature.
Back to the lesson learned this week about frustration and other negative human emotions that come daily in life. Wife and husband having a conversation that led to frustration and angry words then tears and then prayer. God’s reply to wife's prayer was to remind wife about the Scripture where Jesus tells Apostles that it is time to go to Jerusalem for Jesus to face his death. Peter out of love and protection says NOOOOO, and Jesus says to the “NOOOO, get thee behind me Satan.” Not to Peter, but to the temptation to change course and forget this time of discomfort and sacrifice. Wife was reminded that she too needed to see all of her inner emotions stepping up to comfort her with ‘self pity, justification, rationalization, and negative words of accusation--- as a NOOOOO and where it was coming from. She was reminded to tell that sneaky sucker to get thee out of here!!! And I mean now!!
Of course, ‘who else’ is it that uses every opportunity to try to bring us down and make us feel unloved?? EVERY OPPORTUNITY!!!
God meanwhile is saying to do as Christ did and deal directly, swiftly and effectively with this source of discontent.
How? Use this prayer, “In the Name of Jesus be gone (name of negative emotion).” This is a simple prayer, which you then follow with thanksgiving to God for the frustrating event and offer it up as prayer for whoever needs prayer. That approach will send the devil flying in rage because you smiled and said thanks God and you prayed.
The minute the Holy Spirit's 'WISDOM' on how negative emotions are used by the devil was given; wife swiftly and effectively dealt with the situation and prayed and enlisted St. Michael’s help to escort the unruly intruder out of her mind.
Then more wisdom came as His thoughts flooded behind and revelation came in about how Jesus was able to endure His agony, passion and eventual crucifixion. He did not internalize His emotions and physical pain but EXTERNALIZED it by focusing on the Father, and love of all others, and He prayed Psalm 22. He probably remembered also other Scriptures that speak of the love and faithfulness of the Father for us all. One thing for sure HE did not do, was to feel sorry for Himself, He did not feel anger, He did not stew over who done someone wrong, and He DID NOT fail to love.
Let us not waste ANY opportunity to take the negative and with the grace of God turn it into the positive and join our suffering with that of Jesus and pray for the souls of others. For, someone somewhere is dealing with far greater pain and struggle than we are. Someone somewhere has no one to pray for him or her. Someone somewhere, and that could mean you yourself, is in need of prayer. So, Praise God we are given many opportunities to pray for we all sure need those prayers. Rejoice, and be glad about your trials, for it will definitely bring a happier and quicker ending to that part of your daily journey. Try it, you'll like it. Well, I hope so, for prayer sure beats being angry and frustrated!