We can make some outlandish claims about the ease of faith. But the truth is just because we follow Jesus doesn’t mean our lives are neat and tidy. We still have struggles and challenges. Our situations don’t magically change just because we have faith in Jesus. Anyone who claims that Jesus made everything in his or her life better and took away all pain, concerns, anxiety, needs, and more isn’t being honest–with you or themselves.
But Jesus gives us a filter of hope. Same situations but we face them differently. We look at them differently, considering the possibilities and bearing a heavy but slightly relieved load. Life is still difficult. We still hurt. We grieve. We struggle. We wonder. But we do all those things with hope…that we can have peace even when life seems chaotic, that Jesus assures us even in our uncertainties. We do not and cannot fully understand the future, let alone the present, but we can trust the One who does.