(I posted this last year about this time. There were many views. I hope it proves a blessing again this year.)
I have a secret I am going to disclose. I love Cinderella "happily ever after" type movies. The truth is, however, that our "happily ever after" will not come until our Lord returns. He is our only true Prince-Prince of Peace.
There are many moments of joy and happiness in this world. There are also many trials and challenges. God doesn't always let everything go our way or facilitate our version of "happily ever after" at least not during our existence on earth. God is more interested in bringing us into a deeper relationship with Him and to a place of submission to His will. He wants us to come to a place of trusting that His will is always best even in the struggles of life. He wants us to rest in Him, to trust in Him.
Even in the struggles we can know that He loves us and cares about us, though our unreliable feelings may try to tell us differently. He loves us even when He doesn't "fix" our difficult situations in the way we would like Him to remedy them. We must rely on the truths of Scripture which promise us over and over that He will never leave us. God often uses the difficult chapters of our lives in ways that He doesn't use the smooth-sailing moments of our lives. In the difficult moments it is also His chance to show His faithfulness over and over again, Rest in His faithfulness, dear caregiver.
Below is a link to an interview with Laura Story. Her husband and she, as his wife, have been dealing with the consequences of her husband's brain tumor for over a decade. Her vision of "happily ever after" would have been for God to fix the situation. That is not what happened. Yet God has used this situation in her life for her good, to bring blessings. God has also used the situation for His glory in wonderful ways-one being to encourage us. Click on the first link below to hear her story and insights. You also may also want to check out her song "Blessings" by clicking on the second link below: