Life is hard sometimes. It's easy to think that if we could just get our ducks in a row, it would be easier to handle the hard things. Here's the truth: is going to happen anyway.
If difficult situations are going to occur no matter what we do, then how do we prepare for that? Truly there are only so many things we can be prepared for. Sometimes we will just be caught off guard. As I was practicing blindfolds last night at karate, I got a push from behind that I wasn't expecting. It jarred my back a little, but I had to immediately recover because someone was coming for me. (To explain a little more, it wasn't a real attack situation. I was blindfolded and searching to catch my opponent who is not blindfolded. It's part of my ongoing, black belt training.) An attacker is not going to wait for me to get set up and ready. They want to catch me off guard--when I am most vulnerable.
The enemy is the same way. If he can catch us when we are unfortified and unsupported, then he thinks he has a better chance of picking us off. You're not always going to have time to prepare when it hits. Know what you believe, know who you are, know what you will do before the attack comes. Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest. That's what Jesus tells us. He knew this world is troublesome at times. (He told us it would be.) So He gave us a place to rest in during and after toils the world will throw at us.
We can't do this alone, friends.
Make it a beautiful day.