God Knows Your Frustrations

From Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional

My brief thoughts on this devotional:  As you read, I hope something jumps out at you; these words remind us that Jesus is also a God of emotional healing…not just physical, spiritual, and financial, but emotional as well.  For me, the resonating sentence was the very last statement, which advises that we take our cares to Him and leave them there. Boy, is it hard to leave them there!   This was a very hard directive for me to abide by, for leaving them there implies multiple steps.  It means that you trust that He knows what to do next, that you agree to be “hands off” in your own situation until you are clear on what to do, it means that you trust Him, trust Him, trust Him….trust Him fully. I can promise you that you can cast your cares on Him and trust Him to provide the clarity, means, or resources to handle them. It may not be immediate but in my experience, it’s always been at the opportune time.  

“You may think, “Nobody knows what I’m going through, nobody feels the pain I’m experiencing.” 
But God knows! 

He knows your feelings and frustrations. He’s seen the crisis in your soul. There’s no hurt that goes unnoticed by God. Psalm 56:6 says, “You know how troubled I am; you have kept a record of my tears.” (Good News) 

Often when we’re hurting, we feel very isolated and lonely. Maybe there’s been a death in the family, a divorce, maybe we’ve gotten fired, and we start to think, “Nobody understands the way I feel; nobody can tell the way I feel; nobody feels the pain.”
But God knows, and “The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” (Psalms 103:13 NLT) 

God not only sees, He cares! 

He knows the causes, the reasons, the things that brought you to this point. He understands because he made you, and he sees the hurt in your heart like nobody else can. 

Because God knows our frustrations and despair, we can give those feelings to God: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT) Cast them all permanently on God, once and for all, and then, don’t take them back.”


Being Trustworthy

Before I delve into the true purpose for this post, allow me to share that for whatever reason, God has seen fit to place in my path quite a few people who are private people.  Of course, I don’t mind this.  Among the things that I really care about in a person, they include his or her ability to be genuine and his/her heart for love and equity of others.  Because those are among the main characteristics that I look for, I have an otherwise diverse set of personalities in my life.

Last evening, I had the opportunity to catch up with a very dear person who, for the short time I’ve known her, I have come to assume is a private person.  I learned last night that she is indeed a private person and I have become one of the people that she trusts.  As I reflected on this during my drive home, I counted it an honor and one more thing for which to be grateful…to be of the character and personality that can be considered as trustworthy, and not be considered as gossipy and judgmental.  I’m steadily growing but folks, it is important to consistently strive to be our best selves.  With most of us being our own worst critic, daily, let us savor the moments when we hear that we have been some good to others.  We don’t have to be arrogant or narcissistic, but we also don’t need to always minimize or brush off the compliments we receive.  Well, that’s it and that’s all for now.  Carry on with your day, have a good weekend, and if you wish, share what it means to you to be trustworthy.  Consider what are some of your more appreciated characteristics and what changes would you like to see in yourself.  Smooches and tootles!  #trust #gratitude