God Doesn’t Promise that Life Will Be Easy

easyYou’d think the prompt ‘easy’ would be, well, easy to write about about.  But no.  Not tonight.

Five long weeks have passed since spring vacation ended, and the students aren’t the only ones feeling weary of the routines and sitting inside whilst the clouds dance in the blue sky. In six days the kids will go home for a long weekend, and I’ll be able to kick my feet up and take it easy for awhile. But first, I have to make it through six more days of spring sunshine and ants in the pants (the students are antsy, really, it’s not me).

Last Friday I sprained my ankle whilst walking on basically even ground. Yeah. I can do that. As I lurched forward and stumbled a few steps, my first thought was, “I have ankle boots on, I should be fine.”

And I was.  Mostly.  I limped for a few strides and then finished my three-mile hike.  I took it easy over Saturday, but ended up walking seven miles back and forth across my classroom whilst administering a standardized test the next morning (I could be a bit of a legalist, the instructions said to walk around and observe the students, and I didn’t have anything else to do while they tested, so I paced).

Monday morning my ankle and foot felt fine, so I did my training run for a race Sarah and I are participating in on May Day.  The seven miles flew by and I thought I had escaped any repurcussions from my clumsy accident.

By Monday afternoon, the top of my foot ached.  I elevated it, iced it, and rubbed arnica salve all over it. Did I mention that I’m taking 17 students on a long hike this Sunday?  I don’t have time to take it easy.

I had to exchange my running for riding a stationary bicycle (not my favorite thing to do, but at least it doesn’t hurt my foot) for the rest of the week, and forego my usual aerobic workouts. Taking it easy doesn’t come easy for me. It makes me feel impatient and even more weary.

But one thing I do know.  God doesn’t promise us an easy life, but he does promise to give us strength when we’re weary. Not just strength to stumble along placing one foot in front of the other, but strength to soar on eagle’s wings.

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I’d appreciate your prayer for healing for my foot and safety for our hike. Did I mention that it involves the Grand Canyon?

What has you feeling weary right now?  How can I pray for you?

Also, I’m hosting a series next month for Mental Health Awareness and I’m looking for guest bloggers who are willing to share their stories to help educate and enlighten others about how Christians should treat people with different mental health challenges.  If you think you might be interested, go to the submission guidelines page here. If you know of someone with a story to tell, please pass the information on and encourage him or her to contact me.  Thank you!

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Prayers up for the foot, and the hike. wish I could come along! But I won’t see the Canyon again in this life.

    And I guess that’s a sharp, poignant weariness…so much that I wanted to do, now lost.
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  • Ouch! Hope your foot heals soon 🙁 Taking it easy doesn’t come easily for me either! Great insights and perspective.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles to ‘take it easy’ (of course, give me a good book, a rainy day and a warm fire, and I can suddenly find ways to take things easy ;)).
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  • Praying! And so much THIS: ” God doesn’t promise us an easy life, but he does promise to give us strength when we’re weary.” I’m in the #6 spot this week.
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  • Praying for you friend! That is no fun when we have so much we want to do! Take care friend! Thanks for sharing with us and Happy weekend to you!
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  • Stay off the edge. X 17 xo
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  • Ouch! For an active person like you, these sprains are as aggravation as a worse injury, I’m sure. No easy button for life, but our attitude of approach can help but for me, what gets me through is the strength God provides through others. I’m soaring on their wings, supported by Him.
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  • Oh, Anita. I’m so sorry about your ankle! I sprained mine three years ago while hiking in Yellowstone with my boys. And of course, you know about my knee. I think God is teaching me to take it easy, to rest. And to lean on Him. Resting often strengthens our body. I’ll be praying for you this weekend, friend.

    What has me feeling weary? The things I want to do but can’t make the time to do, but that I feel I should do. I’m learning to balance these and line them up against God’s road maps for me each day. I’m learning to breathe through the weariness and accept what I can do in a day, but it’s not easy. 🙂
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  • these injuries can be irritating can’t they? never come at a convenient time…especially for someone with such an active life! blessings girl. hope that fool heals so you can do your hike.
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