Isaiah 40 says that the Lord leads his flock like a shepherd and gently leads those that are with young. After giving birth to my son and having such a difficult time with post-partum depression (PPD), I read these verses -- and was directed to them by friends. They meant it to comfort me, but I just felt angry at God. He calls this "gentle" leading?!
I don't know, though, what the harsh leading would be like -- I can choose to take it on faith that he IS leading me gently.
The URL for the blog is "He Gently Leads" b/c "gently led" was taken already.