Frustration, Frustration, Frustration

Okay, okay.  Uncle, uncle. I admit it.  It is extremely tough to teach an old dog (me) new tricks (this blog)!!!

I begin this post with a song for me by one of my favorite pianist, Anthony Burger, to give me the encouragement to continue on with this new thing I am doing–well at least trying to do.  I’m hoping that you will be able to hear it….we’ll see.

I have literally, and I do mean literally, spent hours trying to figure out how to configure this blog. I am making progress but I confess that I did not think it would be so difficult. How hard the mighty have fallen! Or is it pride goeth before a fall?

My biggest problem in trying to configure the blog has been the language. Go figure! Unfortunately, Don cannot help me with this one.  Even he doesn’t speak computerese. In setting up this blog  the help site touts zero to hero in minutes, yeah, right; only if you were born sometime after 2000 and understand the language.  For example do you know what CSS means? (For those of my generation: CSS is a stylesheet language that describes the presentation of an HTML (or XML) document. It describes how elements must be rendered on screen, on paper, or in other media. Yeah, simple, right?)

I also thought I knew what a widget is and I does but how to program one?  I press and save all that it seems that you are to press and save but does the blog come out as I anticipate?  Nooo. Boo, Hiss!!

Okay, enough venting!  (thanks for listening–reading–if you still are)

You know what?  With all this frustration it has still been an adventure. I’ve always loved to learn something new and what an adventure it has been albeit frustrating though it may be. I have gained a real appreciation as I continue to delve a little deeper into something that I have observed but realize that I have never fully understood.

There is something comforting about the familiar and something equally unsettling about the unfamiliar.  What a shame it would be if we just remained in our cocoon of familiarity and miss out on an exciting and new adventure simply because we did not fully understand it. I believe that God loves to guide us through the unfamiliar because it is there that we become closest to Him. It is there that we discover just how much we need Him. And while it may not be a comfortable place to be at times, it is certainly a blessed place to be if we walk with God through it.

One thing I have especially discovered this week is that through all my frustrations God has been ministering to me.  Just when I would want to pick up my computer and toss it across the room, His gentle voice begins a song in my heart like, “Peace perfect peace far beyond all understanding” and my soul  communes with the Lord–and my computer is safe. Or someone gives me a word of encouragement just about the time I’m thinking, “what’s the use, I’m too old for this.”

The words to the song above is by Bill Gaither and I sing them with all my heart resonating with the truth that they proclaim.

The longer I serve Him
The sweeter He grows
The more that I love Him
More love He bestows
Each day is like heaven
My heart overflows
The longer I serve Him
The sweeter He grows

 

4 thoughts on “Frustration, Frustration, Frustration”

  1. Frustration now ~ much success certainly coming your way. So far it is like sitting across the table from you and listening to your thoughts. A Ralph Waldo Emerson quote says, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen”. As you capture in your blog, the knowledge and experiences that have formed who you have become through the years, I, for one, look forward to your future thoughts from within YOU. This form of interacting (Blogging) gives you a platform to influence others, to make something happen, to be creative and innovative and actually generating an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself as you share with all of us. Keep it going girl! You’ll get there and we who follow your blog will benefit!

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  2. As you are one gifted in the visual I understand your frustration with the appearance and work-ability of the blog. As one who has studied another art form I would remind you that it is substance that is more important than style. The substance of your post is inspirational; style adds the filigree. And the song (that worked) was a fitting background and foundation.

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