My computer reads -17 degrees F this morning. I am told that the wind chill factor makes is feel like approximately -44 F. Conditions outside make it dangerous to be outside for any length of time. Right now I am safe and protected in my warm home. Since I have electric heat, however, I would be in a vulnerable situation should the electricity go out. Yet I know in this storm as in any storm of my life the Lord is in control. I can truly rest this in His care.
are other kinds of storms that sometimes hit our lives as well. One
of these storms is the care-giving storm. I so remember my
care-giving days especially the last months and year of my husband's
life. I am only a five foot two inch female. My husband was about
five foot eleven inches and weighed possibly close to two hundred
pounds. During the last months of his life due to his neurological
disease he was completely disabled. I had to do everything for him
with the help of a lift and the help of my son. These were days of
great emotional stress and sometimes fear. I could not have survived
those days without the Lord.
in this care-giving storm God was with me and provided for me step by
step. I can see this with more objectivity and clearness now, as I
look back on those days. Although my first reaction often still is
to panic and then turn to the Lord when I face a new fearful
situation, I think I face the future today with greater confidence
because of the lessons I learned during my care-giving days.
caregiver, rest your fears and care-giving storms in the Lord's
hands. I was reminded in my devotions today that in the very
difficult and extreme circumstances of life one is more likely to see
the glory and power of God at work. There is perhaps no more
difficult experience than being a caregiver for a loved one who is
continually deteriorating in their health. Yet God will and does
show His glory in and as a result of these difficult circumstances.
Look for God's wonders in your life now and in the days ahead. God
may heal your loved one on this earth. Even if the Lord does not
heal your loved one on this earth, however, He will be with you. He
will do “immeasurably more” than all you “ask or imagine” in
your life, as you rest in Him (Ephesians 3:20-21)
dear caregiver, approach this new year with courage and not fear.
God said to Joshua in Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded you? Be
strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with wherever you go.” Hold tightly
to the Lord's hand and to the promises of God in Scripture. God is
in control. God has the power to heal your loved one, if He so
chooses. It is in His sovereign will. (Matthew 8:2) Your times and
your loved one's times are in His hands. Trust Him. (Psalm
I was younger I used to think that two things I “knew” I would
not be able to handle would be the loss of my husband and the loss of
a breast. During the years I was caring for my husband I lost a
breast because of breast cancer. I also lost my husband to his
disease on January 2, 2011. I also felt woefully inadequate for the
job of being my husband's caregiver. God asked all these things from
me. Yet you see, dear caregiver, it is not about our strength; it is
about His strength. He loves it when we recognize our own weakness,
and He is delighted when we rest in His strength. Rest in His
strength this year, dear caregiver, and do not give into fear.