Everyone gets frustrated in life. Others don’t treat them right. Bad things happen. It makes them mad. Anger and frustration occur when something is standing in the way, keeping us from achieving our goals.
Your goal may be to get a promotion at work, but your boss won’t consider it. Or your goal may be to make the team, but the coach keeps saying you’re too old. Perhaps your goal is simply to eat to survive, but a lack of money or help from others means you’re not achieving that most basic of goals. All of these things can frustrate and make us angry.
Typically, we vent our frustration on others. How come that person got a promotion when she has only been with the firm a few months? How come that person made the team when he is much less talented than I am? How come those people have plenty of food and waste so much of it when I’m starving? It’s not fair. So often we fall into the trap of comparison. We experience frustration because we’re not reaching our goals, and immediately we question why others are in a better position than we are.
One of the greatest lessons we can learn is this: My journey is my journey. Other people’s journeys are not my journey. Whatever their lives look like on the surface, they will face challenges, unseen and unheard— just like me, just like you. Only the Lord knows each person deep down. He knows you. He knows your frustrations. He understands your journey, and He knows the destination, the beginning and all points in between.
God has a glorious plan and purpose for the lives of each of His children. He has a glorious future planned for you. In the meantime, we live in the tension between the now and the not yet. We walk along our journey, daily knowing His plan will be brought to fruition in due course. It can be frustrating, but we cling onto His promise:
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13: 5).