God brings us to the place of total dependence upon Himself to demonstrate that He is totally dependable… The more completely I depend on God, the more He surprises me by the results that follow — results that I could never have achieved as long as I depended on my own efforts.
Frustration with your performance, the people you serve or the process needed to complete the task set before you is never an acceptable excuse for disobedience to God’s call.
The many contradictions in our lives – such as being home while feeling homeless, being busy while feeling bored, being popular while feeling lonely, being believers while feeling many doubts – can frustrate, irritate, and even discourage us. They make us feel that we are never fully present. Every door that opens for us makes us see how many more doors are closed. But there is another response. These same contradictions can bring us into touch with a deeper longing for the fulfillment of a desire that lives beneath all desires and that only God can satisfy. Contradictions, thus understood, create the friction that can help us move toward God.