When life is difficult, you have probably been told by well-meaning friends: “life is not fair” or perhaps they will remind you to look around for someone facing even greater hardship than you. Of course life is not fair, and of course there will always be others topping your situation. But that doesn’t mean that you aren’t hurting, that your pain is insignificant; and I have never found these comments to bring comfort. Recently, rather than settling for these empty words, I have chosen to reflect on an old hymn:
“Be still my soul, the Lord is on thy side . . . Leave to thy God to order and provide, in every change He faithful will remain . . . Through thorny ways, leads to a joyful end . . . The waves and winds still know His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.”
My medicine when life hurts: listen to Selah’s version of this old hymn. It’s my lullaby at night and my wake-up song in the morning. You don’t have to settle for “life isn’t fair.” I think I’ll go take a dose.