Ponderings for Today:
In the face of an obstacle, which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
—Simone de Beauvoir
Sudden obstacles, barriers in the way of our progress, doors that unexpectedly close, may confuse, frustrate, and even depress us. The knowledge that we seldom understand just what is best for us comes slowly. And we generally fight it, even after we’ve begun to understand. Fortunately, the better path will keep drawing us to it ….
We may wonder why a door seems to have closed. Our paths are confounded only when our steps have gone astray. Doors do not close unless a new direction is called for …. We must learn to trust that no obstacle is without its purpose, however baffling it may seem …..
God can help us understand the unexpected when we seek His face for guidance and direction. We perhaps need to focus on Him first when an obstacle has surfaced, rather than the problem causing us distress. We may need to accept our powerlessness, believe there is a God who is in control; One much bigger than any problem or any obstacle and look to it for guidance. We may also need to remind ourselves that fighting an obstacle, pushing against a closed door, will only heighten our frustration. Acceptance of “what is” will open our minds and our hearts to the better road to travel at this time ….
The obstacles confronting me invite me to grow, to move beyond my present self. They offer me chances to be the woman I always dreamed of being. Tell yourself: I will be courageous …. I am not alone …. I can let things happen as they will ….
We do not have to work so hard at gaining our insights. Yes, we’re learning that painful and disappointing things happen, often for a reason and a higher purpose. Yes, these things will always work out for good if we continue to place our faith and trust in God, no matter what (Romans 8:28). But we don’t have to spend so much time and energy figuring out the purpose and plan for each detail of our life. That’s hypervigilence! And certainly not faith. Hence the saying, “Let go ~ Let God” …..
Sometimes, the car doesn’t start. Sometimes, the dishwasher breaks. Sometimes, we catch a cold. Sometimes, we run out of hot water. Sometimes, we have a bad day. While it helps to achieve acceptance and gratitude for these irritating annoyances, we don’t have to process everything and figure out if it’s in the scheme of things ….
Solve the problem. Get the car repaired. Fix the dishwasher. Nurse yourself through the cold. Wait to take the shower until there’s hot water. Nurture yourself through your bad day. Tend to your responsibilities, and don’t take everything so personally!
If we need to recognize a particular insight or awareness, we will be guided in that direction when we stay focused on God rather than the petty annoyances …. Certainly, we want to watch for patterns. But often, the big insights and the significant processing happen naturally …. We don’t have to question every occurrence to see how it fits into the Plan. The Plan being ~ the awareness, the insight, and the potential for personal growth; which will reveal itself to us in His time and in continued prayer ….
Perhaps the lesson is to learn to solve our problems without always knowing their significance. Perhaps the lesson is to simply trust ourselves to live and experience life as it happens by trusting our Creator and knowing that He has it all planned out already and it’s for our good (Jeremiah 29:11).
Today, I will let things happen without worrying about the significance of each event. I will trust that this will bring about my growth faster than running around with a microscope. I will trust my lessons to reveal themselves in His time, and trust God today with whatever comes my way. I will put on an “attitude of gratitude” no matter the annoyance or irritability of any given situation …. Acceptance is the key to my problems today ….
God bless you!