I've thought about this quite a bit recently. I meant what I said. But I want to make something a bit clearer. The thing that really marked Janet's life wasn't that she faced hard times, it was the fact that she faced them with peace and even joy. She could do so only because she had a thriving, dependent relationship with the One true Savior, Jesus.
Not wanting easy doesn't mean making it hard on ourselves. It doesn't mean striving and straining to do more or be more. It doesn't mean taking on fifteen things when God's only called us to two. There's a name for that: perfectionism. Perfectionism is the opposite of peace. And peace is found in God Himself through Jesus Christ (Phil 4:6-7).
In this life we will face trials. Life can be tough! It's inevitable. That's part of living in this world. But we don't need to go out looking for crosses to bear. We don't have anything to prove to God, or anyone else. I heard a quote recently from Luis Palau, "God is not disillusioned with us. He never had any illusions to begin with." We need to be discerning to follow His lead...only where He leads us.
When we know and follow Jesus closely we can face the ups and downs of life with peace in our hearts. We can choose to rest in His love for us. We can know where our hope is found, in Him. We can know we are not alone and that we can Trust everything He does (Psalm 33:4). We can even find joy in the process (James 1:2-3). Life will be better, easier in that way. We can be grateful for that.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
In this way hard can equal easy!
How about we hang up those heavy yokes of striving, proving and perfectionism...
To choose to trade them in for His yoke
which is easy and light...
Learn from Him,
Find rest for our souls,
Put on His peace.
Even, and especially in, the "hard".