Sometimes it seems as though my children deliberately choose the most difficult way to do something. If it is an older child I will gently offer advice, but then step back and allow them to learn. It is so hard to not jump in, take over and do it the way that experience has taught me is the easier way to accomplish the task. If I do that though, I would be robbing them of the valuable lessons learned by making mistakes.
Even though I have many years of experience behind me, I still find myself choosing the hard more often than I care to admit. For me it is not so much doing a physical task the hard way, but more about what is going on inside my own head and heart.
When I try to do things in my own strength instead of relying on God, things are hard. When I choose to not trust what He has told me, things are hard. When I allow negative thoughts to go around and around in my head instead of handing them to God, things are hard.
This is not God’s plan for us as His children. Just as I hate to see my kids struggle with something, God also wants us to trust Him to help us with our burdens. Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Notice that Jesus doesn’t say that we won’t have a burden, but that with His help, whatever we are given to carry in life will be easy and light. So when I start to find that things are harder than they should be, it is probably an indicator that I need to give them to Jesus. I am grateful that He is there ready to receive my difficulties and to remind me that I do not need to choose the hard.
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28