To this day, when anyone seems like they’re having a hard time doing anything, from pulling on a pair of socks to spilling a drink, you may hear a member of our family exclaim “HE’S STRUGGLING! HE’S STRUGGLING!”
And then we laugh.
We all struggle, and unfortunately, our struggles are not as sweet and easily remedied as a squirming baby in the arms of his big kid cousin. How many times does God exclaim HE’S STRUGGLING about us?
God probably says it a lot about me. I struggle when I say the wrong thing to a friend, ignore my kids when they ask me for something, snark at my husband when I’m in a bad mood, or even silently judge someone for wearing a shirt I think is ugly. Even on a good day, I struggle. I struggle with thinking I need to do everything myself or it won’t get done right, with being selfish with my time, with not being totally grateful for what I have. I struggle every day.
Everyone says God has a sense of humor, but I don’t think that God is laughing when we sees us having a hard time. Instead of giggling with his buddies in heaven over how cute we are when we seem to be wrestling with a difficult decision or in a desperate situation, sometimes he rescues us or gives us a lesson to learn. These lessons may be repeated over and over and over in our lives as we struggle.
It sure is in my case.
Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing something over and over again and expecting different results. This might not be an official definition, but it does make sense. Bad habits, negative thoughts, my propensity to get angry over fingerprints on the windows – we return to these things, and God uses them to reveal himself in different ways or in the same ways, over and over and over.
When I struggle, my mistakes are highlighted. God shows me how to live through them and how to correct them. I know he doesn’t want me to struggle, so he helps me learn to do better. I won’t ever stop struggling, but I know I’ve got someone to help me out when I do.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26 (NLT)