(This post is another chapter from my book, Dear Caregiver Reflections for Family Caregivers.)
Family care-giving is one of life's most difficult and challenging experiences. I know this to be a fact, because I was a family caregiver. Yet the Bible tells us to actually delight in difficulties. (II Corinthians 12:10) When I was a caregiver, I was thankful if I could just survive and have strength for the day. Why would anyone welcome trials and difficulties in their lives? Well, for one thing it gives up an opportunity to trust the Lord. It also gives us an opportunity to experience His sufficient grace and strength in us. (II Corinthians 12:9)
Family care-giving is often discouraging and physically and emotionally draining. It can often bring on feelings of hopelessness and despair. In spite of this, dear Christian caregiver, you have the same power in you, as it took to raise Jesus Christ from the dead. You have resurrection power in you, dear caregiver! (Ephesians 1:18-20) Don't concentrate on your own puny insufficient strength. Concentrate on the Lord's mighty strength in you, dear caregiver!
After Jesus arose from the dead He was seated in the heavenly realms at the Father's right hand. He has all authority and power at His disposal. (Ephesians 1:20b-23) He delights in placing that same power that belongs to Him in you, dear caregiver! Also His love for you is deeper and wider and higher than you can begin to imagine! (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Finally, as Jesus, the Son of God, is sitting next to the Father; He is interceding for you, dear Christian caregiver. The Son of God actually lives to intercede for you and for all His people! (Hebrews 7:25b) He knows how weak and tired you often feel in the whole care-giving scenario. So He gives you His power and love and intercedes for you to the Father. Picture the Son sitting next to the Father talking with the Father about your needs and the needs of your loved one! Isn't that an awesome thought, dear caregiver? Revel in that thought and rest in Him!