Have you ever noticed times in your life when God teaches you something. It starts with a Bible verse and upon meditating on it you have this nugget of wisdom that you can use and share. I happen to be a slow learner at times, so God will often follow that up with an object lesson for me.
I had one of those ah ha moments just this week. God impressed upon me that it is a good trade when we bring our frustrations to Him in exchange for His peace. So I shared it with others. And then came the object lesson. I had been working very hard on a new batch of my mosaic clay crosses for an upcoming craft show. They are a little labor and time intensive so I was only able to get about fifteen of them completed. And I had favorites, a beautiful purple and lavender one and a gorgeous green. The story behind these crosses is that when we bring God all of the pieces of our life, the pretty ones and the broken ones, He makes something beautiful out of them. I stored them on the table in my home studio and late in the evening, just before bedtime, my cat became overly curious exploring the table and knocked five of them off the table, including my two favorites, and three of them were destroyed. As you probably have suspected, my two favorites were in those destroyed and boy was I ever frustrated. “All that hard work, all that lost income, all that waste” were the thoughts that began to run through my head. The irony of broken crosses designed to show how God transforms brokenness into beauty stung me just a bit.
And then God so graciously reminded me of that very thing He’d impressed upon me earlier that same day, “Bring me your frustrations, exchange them for my peace.” I don’t know about you, but sometimes the concepts are so much easier to grasp for me than the practical applications are. So God gives me a chance to practice what He has taught me. His peace can accomplish so much more in our lives than a temporary frustrations ever could. By trading those in for His peace, we are trading sorrow and anger for joy and hope. I would much rather walk out my days in the latter.
My prayer for you this week is that you will see opportunities to exchange your frustrations for God’s peace, that you will hear the lessons He has for you to learn, and when given the opportunity to put those into practice, you will be able to do so easily.