I took dance lessons from Miss Ann when I was a little girl. Oh, how I loved the little skirt I got to wear over my pink tights and black leotard. We had a recital one year and the tap dance performance was set to It’s a Hard-Knock Life from the musical, Annie. I was so bummed because I didn’t get to wear anything pretty. I have to admit, I still am a little bummed. It was an early lesson in “Life’s Not Fair.” Thirty years later, I’m still getting knocked around a little… we all are. It’s called life.
Life is hard, times are tough, and people are going through really difficult things, but we are not in it alone. Jesus Christ was touched with our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). He felt our pain, our temptations, our addictions, our griefs. He knows our frailty, our humanity. He’s been there.
It comforts me to know that God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy (Psalm 103:8). I sure need it. He is looking for opportunities to show me His mercy and loving kindness. And when I push His hand away, He tries again. He is not willing to let me go. He’s not willing to let you go either.
Life is hard for all of us, but God’s faithfulness is constant. His love is complete and pure. And He is patient. Don’t give up.