Trouble In This World
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. — John 16:33
God never promised to make life easy.
Julian of Norwich understood that God never said that his followers would be excused from the storms of life, or the travail of difficulties, or the sorrows of disease and discomfort. But God did say that we would not be overcome.
Many people want it to be different. They don't want to believe in a God who would allow storms and sorrows and suffering. Yet God is preparing a perfect place for His followers—it's called heaven. For now, however, we are in the world—called to trust no matter what, called to stand strong. We have the Word of the One who has overcome, the One who makes all things right, the One who has the power to bring good from evil.
Take your tempests and trials to the One who has overcome the world. He will take care of you.
Heavenly Father, when I'm overwhelmed, it's a blessing to know that I'm not overcome. Amen.