No one knows how I feel.
No one understands me.
No one suffers as I do.
When I read these statements objectively, they remind me a little of that five year old standing in the grocery store, stomping his foot defiantly and refusing to obey his mother. Or of that six year old child on the playground wailing because she has to share the toys in the sandbox. And as I pass them by, I'm sure I've often thought to myself..."What a spoiled brat!"
Oh how quickly I fall into this temptation. How easy it is to see the devil offering his hand in pleasure and glee, and how often I accept it without giving it a second thought. Before I know it, I am that little five year old stomping his way through the grocery store, or that selfish six year old in the sandbox. Sure, sleep is a necessary thing, and I may be justified in complaining a little...but what a waste of virtue for me to spiral into the temptation of Me, Myself, and I. Does it occur to me that my child is crying because she's afraid? Or she's crying because she's uncomfortable and doesn't know how to fix whatever the problem is? Does it occur to me that maybe she just wants the reassuring touch of her mother before she can gently fall back into a peaceful sleep? No, I'm too quick to assume I deserve what I want.
Our Lady understands our trials and our challenges, even without us telling her of them. She understands our weak nature, and how often we need the reassuring grace of a Mother's love. She has suffered more than we will even suffer, but in doing so, she has shown us the way to act; the standard to reach for. Overcome yourself. I don't deserve what I want, I deserve what I get. I deserve what Our Lord chooses to give to me. And I deserve whatever suffering that comes with it.
Have courage. Have faith. Our Heavenly Mother will never abandon us. Let us approach her at the foot of the Cross and kneel with her, joining with her all our sufferings, and having full confidence that God will take care of us, because He has an "everlasting love" for us.