It has been a late and sometimes cold spring this year here in the town in which I live. Yet signs of spring are now all around me. In 2010 we were apparently blessed with a particularly beautiful spring, however. In late May of 2010 while still a caregiver for my husband I wrote the following words:
“I always thought that I
liked autumn the best of all the four seasons. This year, however, I
am really enjoying spring. Our neighbors to the right of us have
three fruit trees in their yard that have beautiful pink blossoms on
them. We have a smaller fruit tree on our yard. People across
the street also have a fruit tree with beautiful white blossoms on
it. There is beauty all around me this spring. I am amazed at the
beauty in God's creation.
Spring is also a time for
dandelions, however. They are that pesky 'flower' that likes to
take over people's lawns. They are especially unattractive when they
go to seed. The dandelions coupled with shaggy grass made our lawn
look shaggy and unattractive for a few days. Why is it that it is so
much easier to concentrate on the dandelions and the grass which is
too long instead of the awesomely beautiful fruit trees?
I think this is a picture
of all of our lives. It is easy to concentrate on the sorrows,
difficulties, and frustrations of care-giving and of life itself. We
sometimes forget to concentrate on the blessings and beauties all
around us. Most evenings before I go to bed I try to write down
three blessings that I received that day. That helps, but it is
still easy to slip into the negative emotions, as one works one's way
through the day.
Lord, comfort me in my
times of sorrow and frustration. Give me the perseverance of the
dandelion which continues to flourish in spite of being mowed down
and hated. Finally open my eyes to Your blessings, Lord; and make me
Care-giving can be
extremely challenging and discouraging. In spite of this, dear
caregiver, try to look for the blessings in the midst of the chaos of
care-giving. God often gives us the blessings of character
building, growth in the faith, and the gift of His presence in a
special way through the avenue of the challenges and trials of life.
Recently my grandchildren came to my house with fresh bouquets of
dandelions. They did this because of their love for me. The
dandelions which often are considered a weed and a nuisance by many,
then became a blessing to me. In a similar way the Lord can use the
discouraging aspects of care-giving to show His love to you, dear
caregiver. Trust Him to use the difficult things in your life for
ultimate good even though that is most likely very difficult for you to see now.