Christ is not a magic wand that can be waved over our heartaches and headaches to make them disappear. “In [him] are hidden all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Wisdom and knowledge — including knowing how to be content — are hidden in him, like a treasure that needs to be searched for. To search for something concealed requires hard work: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
God doesn’t leave us on our own. “I have learned the secret of being content … I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). As we wrap our hands around a task and, in faith, begin to exert force, eureka! Divine energy surges through us. God’s strength works in us at the moment we exercise faith for the task. …
You make the choices and God gives you the strength. He gives you the strength to hold your tongue when you feel you have cause for complaining — even when your husband hasn’t attended his fair share of PTA meetings. He imparts the strength to look out for another’s interest before your own — even when it’s the coworker in your office who uses you as a stepladder to the top. He infuses the strength to choose a bright attitude when you wake up in the morning — even though it’s another day of the same old routine as you care for your disabled child.
You still have an irresponsible husband, a greedy coworkers, and a handicapped kid, but you have quietness of heart.
– Joni Eareckson Tada, When God Weeps