Real life is full of storms. It’s a fact that we cannot escape no matter how much money we have, how much education we have, who our ancestors are, or how big our house might be. Storms will come.
Disease brings storms, difficulties, messy situations, frustration, and even chaos. And the longer the disease lasts, 23 years for us, the more frustrating it can become. As caregivers we are dead center in the middle of this storm, and sometimes it feels as if it will never end.
The truth is that we don’t know when it will end, so we can’t predict how much longer the storm of disease will last. Sometimes we feel like giving up. It’s just too much. We might even think we cannot go on another minute, another hour, another day. We are weary of the chaos, weary of the work it takes to accomplish our goals which are to keep our loved one clean, calm, and maybe even content!
We know there are little things that help us cope in these situations. We can take a quick break by leaving the house, we can listen to music that calms our souls, we can take a few moments to read our favorite book, we can call a friend and vent, or we can take a minute to work on a hobby that we enjoy.
But sometimes none of those things help, and sometimes we cannot get away to do any of those activities that feed our souls. We must stay there in the middle of the messy situation and clean it up. How do we find peace in the middle of the storm while it is raging all around us?
There is no magic formula. There is no “one size fits all” cure or bandaid that will work every time. But there is a place to go to ask for help, and we don’t have to move our feet to get there.
No matter our history with God, no matter our spiritual inclinations, God is with us wherever we are right this minute. And God has made many promises about what God will do in and through and for us, no matter who we are. This really goes back to the character of God as we know it.
It is true that God is omnipresent – everywhere all the time. So God is with us while we care for our loved one, in the bedroom, in the bathroom, in the garden when they fall, in public places when they freeze while trying to get through a door, etc. We can trust that to be true.
God is omnipotent – all powerful. So, God has the power to give us peace when we most need it. God can calm our spirit and give us the right words to say to help our loved one through difficult times. God can comfort us when our loved one passes. God can do whatever we need.
And God is omniscient – all knowing. God knows what we need even before we ask, and He wants us to ask as a child would ask a parent. God gave us promises in the Bible to remind us that He will be faithful to keep His word. We can count on God to keep His promises.
My parents used to have a book of 1,000 promises of God found in the Bible. Even though I don’t have the book any more, I can Google the promises of God and find a printable copy of 50 right at my fingertips!
Here are the first few to whet your appetite.
Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
God is with us, my friend, no matter where we are. He loves us and will help us, no matter our circumstances. We can count on HIM!