Over Memorial Day week-end I took a five hundred mile trip to Iowa to see my eldest granddaughter graduate from eighth grade and her sister make profession of faith in church. It was a wonderful to be there for these events. It is awesome to see my grandchildren growing up and maturing in the faith. Yet these wonderful moments were bittersweet, because they were tinged with the awareness that my husband, Wayne, could not be there with me sharing the joy of these events.
have been other times when I have longed to share an inside joke or a
joyous occasion or even a trial with my husband by my side. Not
being able to do this leaves an ache in my heart. Yet I remember
that even when Wayne was alive, his illness the last years already
robbed us of so many things.
caregiver, perhaps your loved one's illness or disability is robbing
you of blessings and joyful sharing of life events that you once
experienced. This can make your heart ache. One thing I have
discovered and am continuing to discover, however, is that the Lord
is with us through it all. He is our comfort, joy, and peace even in
the sad moments when we wish we could turn back the clock to times
which we remember as being happier times.
and challenging times are molding us to be more like Jesus and to be
better used in His kingdom. It is stretching us in our faith and
paving the way for God to do things in and through our lives that are
more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Life does not
always hand us the set of circumstances we desired, but God is using
it all for His awesome purposes. He alone is in control. Dear
caregiver, God will use even the difficulties of your care-giving
experience for His glory and yes, even for your ultimate good.
Lord will also always be there to comfort you and help you when the
way becomes seemingly impossible in the overwhelming challenges of
family care-giving. Cry out to Him for help, and rest in His
promises in His Word. He loves you, dear caregiver. He delights in
you. He will guide you step by step as you walk the care-giving
path. May the Lord bless you for what you do, dear caregiver.