The other day someone said to me, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy,” and I felt annoyed by that statement. Does this mean that life is meant to be hard? It wasn’t just what was said that annoyed me, it was more their attitude of giving up. It was as if nothing could be done about it. Yes, maybe there is nothing we can do about it, but Jesus said, “all who are heavily burdened, come to me for my yoke is easy and my burden light.”
That doesn’t mean that life becomes miraculously easy – even though I believe God could do this – but it does mean it is not our burden anymore.
Jesus encouraged us to ask for things, but He didn’t stop there. He said to ask, seek and knock! We have to work hard at what we desire or want. We are told to actively strive and then leave it in God’s hands. Jesus was instructing his followers not to just settle for what is, but to press on and find a better way. A way to win.
Do you know that Walt Disney had lots of ideas to make programs for children? He wanted to build a Disney World of entertainment for the whole family, but he had to go to 300 banks before one of them gave him a loan. If he had given up when the 299 banks said no, our family entertainment would have been so different and Walt Disney would not have fulfilled his dream. He had to knock on many closed doors before one opened up for him.
Jesus encourages us to have this tenacity and then to be confident that God backs us up. God created us to reflect His glory and creativity. He wants us to use all the abilities and faith He has put in us to live above the ordinary, the mundane or impossibilities in our lives. If we have given our circumstances our utmost excellence, our all, then we have won. We have achieved success because we could not do any better.
Lord Kelvin once wrote, “when you are face to face with difficulty you are up against a discovery.” The discovery could be that I can’t do it by myself and I need help. Difficulties draw out our true character and maybe God is using our problems to purify us. Life is easier with God than without Him. My circumstances often have not changed, but I suddenly feel lighter in spirit. My mind becomes fresh and able to take on the next difficulty that may come my way.
This is all because I know that God is in control, so why worry or feel burdened? He has my circumstances all under control.
So, I don’t just sit back and relax for He has it in hand. I lean into Him and forge onwards and upwards, knowing that the Almighty is with me, backing me and going before me. If I am on the wrong path or going the wrong direction or I have to tweak things a bit, I pray that I am listening to God and following His guiding steps.
Thank you God that I have you in my Life to guide me, to keep me safe and to unburden me when life is not easy.