This statement pretty much says it all, “Life is not easy.” In our family we always quote it, “As a wise man once said…” This wise man happens to be the compound worker of another missionary family here. When we lived in their house for a few months, we got to hear lots of funny stories and quotes.
Back to the subject, this simple statement sums up a lot of my life.
Life is not easy when you have lived in seven different houses in the past two years.
Life is not easy when you say good-bye to a friend, not knowing when you’ll see her again.
Life is not easy when you can’t communicate with your friends in their first language.
Life is not easy when you hear of a young, soon-to-be-married woman die of a preventable disease.
Life is not easy when you see your grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles only once every couple of years.
Life is not easy when you discover a little baby who sat on your porch a couple weeks before has died.
Life is not easy when you count down the days to when you have to leave the place that has become your home.
But was I ever promised that life would be easy? No. On top of that, the Bible actually says that trials or hard things will come but should be seen with JOY! In James 1:2-3 it says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” (ESV)
I don’t have it that hard. I’m not being persecuted for my faith or suffering from a disease, but this verse says “trials of various kinds.” My faith is being tested through this not-so-easy life. I’m not saying that my life is any harder than anyone else’s. The trials I face are just different from what others face.
And I have comfort in these words, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor any powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35,37-39 (ESV)
Life is not easy, but I live in Christ’s love.