Real life is often really tough. You do things you regret, suffer for no apparent reason and have to deal with bad people who do horrible things. No wonder you yearn for God to give you sanctuary from everything that threatens to overwhelm you. But don’t look for God to wave a heavenly wand that zaps your troubles. In fact, understand that God sometimes wants your life to be more difficult so you will embrace things that seem risky and scary, even impossible. Like not hiding from others’ suffering, but sharing God’s transforming love. Not running away from problems, but making a difference. And not turning your back on people who make you uncomfortable, but reaching out to them as sisters and brothers. So don’t ask God to make life easy, as tempting as that may be. Ask God to help you live a life of significance.