Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Do you get frustrated when what you want to do doesn’t happen?

All in one day, for goodness’ sake ...

The mobile phone finally gave up, although just a few days before it had revived following an unexpected dunking in two feet of cold water; the printer attached to the word processor, a faithful companion for more than fifteen years, also decided it had better things to do and graunched to a halt on the dining-room table; then, to cap it all, the state-of-the-art computer, my latest toy, wouldn’t send a most important e-mail ...

Do you get frustrated when what you want to do doesn’t happen?

Maybe it is a matter of limited time to accomplish everything on the job list; perhaps it is illness knocking you back and your programme has to be rescheduled; maybe it is the interruption of visitors. Whatever the cause, it takes considerable effort to be calm and composed and prepared to start again.

It is all too easy to focus on the difficulty, isn’t it? (Or, hopefully, you are different from me!)

The other evening, I caught a couple of lines from a television soap, a woman remonstrating with her elderly sister: “You always have a problem for every solution.” Sometimes I think that is also where I fall short, and too quickly give in to the tension of nuisance situations, rather than looking for a way around the frustration.

I was encouraged in reading a suggestion from the apostle Paul in the Living Bible translation. “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for the answers” (Philippians 4, 6).

Wise advice, wouldn’t you agree?