It is difficult when we long for a job promotion and must smile and eat cake to celebrate our co-worker receiving said promotion. It is frustrating when we must don bridesmaid or groomsman attire to a wedding we attended without a date. It is a challenge to rejoice when other people’s prayers get answered and we are left to accept life’s questions marks. It is always hard to accept that sometimes it is just not our turn.
For my three-year old daughters, life is a series of endless discovery. Snow. Tricycles. Gymnastics. New Foods. Park Slides. French lessons with Kari. At each new discovery, they are faced with decision. Do I try this tall slide? Or do I skip it? Or do I just watch for a bit? Sometimes all it takes is reassurance – in the form of me standing at the bottom of the slide to “catch” them. But sometimes they let fear or uncertainty keep them off the slide altogether.
Laying in bed this morning I was thinking about a difficult thing I have to do. It’s nothing compared to some of the stuff you might be dealing with, just a big job I have to complete. Then I remembered Philippians 4. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I’ve said that verse to myself a thousand times, I am sure. But laying there, I realized something the verse didn’t say. It didn’t say “I can do all things through Christ who makes it easy.”