“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
For the past three months, my family has been on an incredible journey. One of the remarkable things is the One who has been on this journey actually leading us; my Heavenly Father.
You see, my parents moved from a home they lived in for 48 years to a safer environment of loving care. It has not been an easy transition for them, or for the 3 of us kids, but God has shown us that this was the direction that He wanted us to take. Learning to trust Him was more than I ever experienced. It was that trust that kept me focused on what He had placed before me. Was I going to continue to trust, or do it on my own strength? Absolutely not! Only in His strength!
My parents taught us to take care of each other in all circumstances. I don’t think they realized that it was going to be us kids taking care of them. But, this is our mom and dad and we would do anything for them. I have been learning the important of being a caregiver to a loved one. I have also learned how important it is to support and pray for other caregivers.
We are taught in scriptures to honor our parents. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12) We are shown by Joseph’s example how important family is when after being sold into slavery by his brothers. He continued to look out for them, to forgive them and to later take care of them in his father’s older years. In Genesis 45, you can read that Joseph forgave his brothers and even made provisions for them during a terrible famine.
This is not to focus on my parents, but rather to impress upon each of you just of how important it is to put your trust in God for all things. It doesn’t have to be at a difficult time in your life, but in everything you do each day. I can remember that, as I was driving in the car to handle one of things with my parents, I was thanking God for this time of trust as He was working things out before I was there. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
This journey is not complete, but I know that whatever is before us, God is directing and so long as we continue to trust Him, everything will be according to His will.
Thank you Heavenly Father for walking with me through this time in my life and teaching me what it is to fully trust You. And thank you for a mom and dad who made it a priority as a family to put You first.
***Were you aware that we have a great support group here at Sunrise Church for those that are caregivers for a family member? Yes, I am a part of this ministry that meets every 3 months. Our next meeting is Saturday, August 22. If you go on the church webside www.sunrisechurchchurch.org and look for Support Groups, you will find the information you need!
Posted on Wed, June 10, 2015
by Sam Petitfils