The Frustrations

Thursday, March 31, 2022
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Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)

It was one of those days. Laundry was on the go. Bread for the market was on the go. Projects with the girls were on the go. The dogs were going crazy outside, barking at who knows what. The younger child was throwing a hissy fit again, because she didn't get her own way … again. The older one decided to play in the dishwater, and half of it ended up all over the floor. And the batch of bread in the oven decided to split across the tops. But I kept my cool. I was walking in the Spirit … uh huh, uh huh!

My daughter arrived home a bit early as she knew that I was ordering and picking up lunch to take over and enjoy with a friend who was shut-in due to a recent surgery. This is good, I thought, as I grabbed my winter coat and my basket of laundry and headed out the door with my youngest pup, Simon, who obediently followed me through the snow to the truck. But as I bent down to pick him up, he decided, in typical dachshund fashion, to take off at a run around the property. I called him, and he turned and ran back, only to spurt away at the last minute in the opposite direction. So much for keeping my cool. My temper started to heat up.

When he finally decided to come, he got a good reprimand before being thrust into the front seat. Jumping in beside him, I started to back the truck up, so that I could turn it around and head out. The truck had other ideas, however, and started to slide down the hill on the ice and kept sliding right back into the snowbank. I wasn't going anywhere. The tires would not grip, even though I was driving a four-wheel drive. And this is when I lost it. Banging the steering wheel with both palms, I let loose, yelling and hollering that I had simply had enough frustrations for today, and it was only noon hour.

At this point, my daughter, seeing my dilemma, came out of the house, walking toward the truck. As she did so, the thought entered my mind to check the four-wheel drive option. When I did, I saw that I was in two-wheel and not four-wheel drive the way that I always leave it for the winter.

The day before, my daughter had been kind enough to go into Whitehorse, Yukon, with her husband and pick up my truck from the dealership where it had been for a maintenance check. Rolling down the window, I yelled at her, "Did you put the truck into two-wheel drive? "No, I didn't," she yelled back. "Why are you yelling at me?" With this, she turned around and walked back into the house. Now in four-wheel drive, I easily drove out of the snowbank and down the driveway.

Obviously, the mechanic had changed from four- to two-wheel drive as he had been inspecting the truck, and I had not bothered to check which drive I was in before I started hollering.

This humbling experience brought to mind today's verse and how important it is to keep in step with the Spirit, no matter how frustrating our situations and days may be. For when we do so, we don't hurt others around us, embarrass ourselves, or set a bad example for any who may be listening or watching.

So today, may we each seek to keep partaking of the fruit of the Holy Spirit by putting aside our own frustrations, no matter how many they may be, and allowing God to keep us driving in spiritual four-wheel drive instead of human two-wheel drive, which always leaves us spinning our wheels.

By the way, just so you know, I was quick to apologize to my daughter for my display of temper towards her.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your Holy Spirit and for the wonderful fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control that are ours for the taking when we choose to match our footsteps with Yours, instead of going our own way. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Good devotional. We can all relate.

    We ALL been there! Part of our broken humanity. Blessings.

    Thanks for sharing your frustrations. I’m sure many of us can relate. I certainly can! Blessings to you and your family.

    Thanks for the good advice, Lynne! I will remember your story the next time I have a day like that.
    Blessings to you and your family!

    Lynne, thanks for the honest sharing about “one of those days”.
    Coming full circle to grasp the fruit of the Spirit gets us back on track every time.

    Oh Lynne, can I ever relate! My temper has always been my Achilles heel!
    Praying alongside you for us both. Thanks for sharing this encouraging devotional. Blessings.

    Dear Lynne,
    What an interesting story! We all have to keep trying to have the “fruits of the Spirit” but none of us has reached perfection. Thanks for sharing a frustrating day.

    Now I could have related well with this devotion. Always a pleasure to read your inspiring words.
    May God continue to bless you and your ministry.
    Have a glorious and blessed day.

    Lynne, thank you so much for all your wonderful devotions. Each one brings a smile to my face as you bring the reality of life into the center of God’s word and will for our lives. May you and your family be blessed in abundance as you continue to follow His will in your lives!

    Dear Lynne,
    What a morning you had, and I’ll bet you felt free when you eased the vehicle out in 4-wheel drive. You were so blessed to have been prompted to apologize. I will always try to remember “spiritual 4-wheel drive,” when I get frustrated. Thank you for this very relatable devotional.

    Hello Lynne,
    What a lovely and encouraging message. So real. So relatable. Made me smile. Made me reflect. Truly a blessed reminder. Thanks for taking the time to write it and share it.
    Btw, hope the visit went well.
    Be blessed.

    Oh Lynne, I could feel your frustrations. Thank the Lord we have the spirit’s help on such trying days, as well as on the good days.
    Thank you for your message today.
    Blessings to you.

    Thank you ever so much Lynne. I am apparently well along into dementia. But I don’t want to be and sometimes am very hurt when it is commented on. I have lived a VERY special happy life, have awesome children. I know I have a VERY great deal to be thankful for, but… thank you Lynne.

    Hi Lynne,
    When I read today’s devotional, a renewed thought came to me, “It takes a special family for generations to live together.” SO, the fruits of the spirit certainly have to be available!
    Thanks for writing and expressing feelings of frustration that we all have whether it be with family or not.

    Dear Lynne,
    Oh what a mixture of frustrations you had to deal with and thankfully came through it all safely. Yes, our loving Lord sure doles out endless amounts of good things to us through the many “fruits of the Spirit”. We are so blessed that He is ever there ready and willing to serve us in so many ways. Blessings for these very special devotionals you prepare. I appreciate your writings so very much.

    Oh yes, I remember those days! Did you pray for patience? Never do that. I always ask for grace. Patience grows only with trials. And still, my first reaction last week to having my surgery postponed a week was to have an, albeit brief, meltdown. Humbling. It is an ongoing challenge to stay in the spirit, walk in the spirit, have the mind of Christ ALL the time. Still, we seek that. Blessings, Lynne. Thanks for sharing.
    May we walk in the Spirit today.

    Good morning Lynne,
    Well you are a great storyteller, and I really enjoyed your description of how a day can go awry. You definitely attempt to accomplish a lot in one day.
    I hope you had a really nice time with your friend. I am sure you really appreciated the visit. I hope you were also able to forgive yourself. None of us are perfect.
    Your prayer is a great one to start each morning as we begin to walk with Jesus by our side.
    Your sharing has made us all more grateful for the things in our lives.
    Wishing you a day with less frustrations and a lot more fruits of the Spirit. Blessings.

    Hello Lynne
    Wow!!! Amazing and very timely reminder for me as I start out this journey to do paperwork needed to be done with the passing of my husband. To add to this is the language barrier and the old mentality of a lot of the people here, including his family. I really need God’s protection in all of this. I am thankful for this and 2 other scriptures that spoke to me, and I was not looking for them.
    God is faithful, thanks for your prayers and have an awesome day! This devotional will help me with my ‘todays.’
    God bless.

    Good morning Lynne. You just hit another one out of the park. This so resonates with me. I have done the exact same thing. I have at times forgotten to put my truck in 4X4 and have gotten stuck. Then in anger at myself, I get impatient with my wife who is sitting beside me and had nothing to do with what just transpired. Blowing off steam is certainly a release, but then I feel awful for being abrupt with my wife.
    I try, but wholeheartedly realize I am still a work in progress.
    Thank you so much for this reminder.
    Blessings fellow Canadian!

    Hello, Lynne,
    In my 90’s, I can look back over my life and there many, I’m sure, but sure don’t dwell on them. No doubt having 3 babies in 5 1/2 years brought on many, especially during those years my husband was going through university and then seminary during which time he was Student Pastor 70 miles from the school. We lived in the manse so I was watched over, sometimes too much, sometimes frustrations I could hardly bare. What would I have done without my Heavenly Father, along with the prayers of my Angel Mother across the country, and my Precious Sweetheart who saw me through it all. Over the years I been able to help others who were much in need of help who were going through frustrations, etc.
    Thank you for sharing your frustrating day with us. God bless you real good and beyond!!!

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