Recently I returned home after spending about ten days in the UK where my son and his family live. It was a joyous time of meeting my new little grandson, interacting with his siblings, and also spending a very full day touring central London with my son and another partial day with him touring Windsor town and Castle. This was something I wanted to do for a long time, and finally the timing was right for me to go.
In order to go to UK, however, I had to fly there alone. I do not mind flying itself, but I hate all that is involved in getting through the airport. Yet I saw God's leading through it all. God provided step by step through people he provided to get me to the airport and checked in and also people who got me through security. Then when the day my son and I went to Central London to visit several historic places my son guided me through the process of boarding tubes (subways) at various stations, so we could visit these various places. When we would get into particularly busy areas I would latch my arm on his, and he would guide me through. Isn't that a beautiful picture of Jesus leading us in our life and guiding us especially in the times when we do not have a clue what we are doing or where our life's path is headed?
I am reminded that God also lead me and paved the way through those difficult care-giving years taking care of my husband, Wayne. It was in those years that I began to realize that I am in control of nothing. It was in those years that God began to lay on my heart the need to trust Him. God continues to remind me of that in my years as a widow. He wants me to just trust Him when times becomes difficult. He wants me to trust that He will guide. He also wants me to thank Him for His wonders like the beautiful sunrise He placed in the sky this morning or the joy or a new grandchild. He wants me to look for these wonders He places in my life. He even wants me to thank Him for the difficult moments, because it makes me more like Him. I guess I will always struggle with fears and worries, but it is wonderful to know that He is in control.
Dear caregiver, you have an important but sometimes difficult task as the caregiver for your loved one. Trust that the Lord is with you and will guide you step by step and day by day. Rest in Him.