You’ve heard the saying, “It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the oil.” Well in some cases that may be true, but in others the squeaky wheel gets replaced. That’s why its important to know when to squeak and when not to squeak.
How do you handle it when God puts you in an irritating situation? First determine if the irritation is one you have the power to remove, such as putting oil on a squeaking wheel. If the irritation is beyond your capacity to remove, thank God for the irritation, remembering that He is bigger than the irritation and He can stop it if He wants to.
If God chooses not to stop the irritation, determine what ultimate objectives He has in mind to teach you from it. Character qualities such as patience, diligence, and humility are often best learned in situations we would not have chosen for ourselves.
Irritations can cause us to waste time. But correctly responding to irritations, instead of squeaking, redeems the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.