Life isn't easy?! Anyone who has lived with any sense of reality already knows this... But I seem to need to continually speak this truth to myself daily.
There are setbacks and then victories, struggles and successes. All of it just part of this messy thing called life. Luckily there isn't a tally system in Christian life marking good and bad, because I would be "out" if there was such a system. In fact we all would be out, right? Isn't this where the Grace of God comes in, through a baby; born in humility as God and man? What an amazing concept to flood my mind; Grace, baby, and God all in one.
Jesus could have come in a royal processional, but he didn't...
A good friend of mine just had a baby, a precious, needy, wonderful, sleepy baby boy. Perfectly content to just snuggle up to the warmth of his mother's skin all while finding comfort suckling his mother's milk. Now add God to this innocent picture, in fact imagine God as a baby. Imagine Him confined, limited by His own choice to become fully human, needy, and hungry...humble picture.
Grace came in humility, by choice, fully human, and yet God to share in life and pain. His life fully turned upside down to rescue us from our upside down life.
Hebrews 4:14-16, "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to find grace to help in time of need."