“For He himself has said, I will never leave your or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
I recently shared a journey that I am on with my parents in change. I (along with my sister & brother) have become caregivers for our parents where Alzheimer’s and dementia have become a part of their lives. I am reminded in the scriptures that my heavenly Father has, and continues to, walk with me through this journey. I have found a renewed love for my mom and dad that I think I have taken for granted for so many years.
What are you facing today that you think you’re going into alone? What are you dealing with that you think no one else will understand? I have clung on to the verses in Proverbs 3:5-6 that say “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” As I would take care of another situation in this journey, I would be in prayer saying, “Here I am again Lord, totally trusting that You are handling this situation I am going in to. I know that You have it in your hands."
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who stick closer than a brother.”
This friend, Jesus Christ, stands ready to go into that situation, not just with you, but before you, leading the way. Whether it is going through cancer, or the loss of a young niece due to food allergies, I am comforted knowing there’s no place I can go where my God will not already be. No place I can seek out where His presence is not already there. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide (and sometimes I want to). He follows me like a shadow. Not only will He never leave, but He will never let me out of His sight!
As I remembered and thanked God for how He has provided for me in the past, I am able to trust Him more with my present situation, whatever that may be; and also for the future, whether that be tomorrow morning or in the coming year. This gratitude and trust have a direct effect on lessening my anxiety. Our God is faithful to provide for my needs (and my parents) yesterday, today and tomorrow and I can trust Him to continue to provide.
“Don’t worry about anything, but with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
So you see, I am not alone in my journey and neither are you if you choose to trust God with every step and listen to what He has to say. As I tell the little ones when I am telling a Bible story, “Put on your listening ears.” He is speaking to you right now if you are listening.
Lord, help me to trust You with every detail of my life. You always provide! Amen!
Posted on Thu, July 30, 2015
by Sam Petitfils