Saturday, January 19, 2013

How to Rest When the Questions Rain Down

My blogger friend Sharon helps people who are caregivers. But I wanted to share with you her post about rest and the question of trusting God in the storms of suffering.

Please visit Christian Caregiving for the entire article and pass this good well of inspiration along to caregivers you know. 
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Rest In Him This Year
 
Do you ever wonder, dear Christian caregiver, why God has allowed the illness of your loved one for whom you are caring? Have you ever wondered why you have to go through all the heartaches and challenges of caring for your ill or disabled loved one? Have you ever wondered why you, a child of God, has to endure these trials?

In the book of Job in the Old Testament man, Job, began to ask these questions. God responded to Job in chapter 42. In effect God says, “Who are you to question My ways and My plans? Why should you question Me without knowledge-without understanding My wisdom? You have no right to question Me. Your knowledge is too limited to understand My ways. You do not have My power and wisdom.” Later Job said to God that he had spoken of things he did not understand and of things that were way beyond his understanding. These were things only God could understand, and Job repented of questioning God’s ways.
I do not understand why my husband was afflicted with his devastating neurological disease. I do not know why he had to go through the disabilities and indignities of his disease. I do not know why I had to go through all the heartaches of being his caregiver and eventually losing him to death. I must trust God, however, that He knew what He was doing no matter how difficult life became during those caregiving years and during the months of grief since my husband’s death.
The Bible reminds us that we can trust in the Lord, for He has and never will forsake us. His ways are perfect even when we do not understand His ways. He is our shield, and we can take refuge in Him. I can trust in Him and not be afraid of what the future holds. Even in difficult times He is my strength and song.

I do know that I have been strengthened in my faith, and my relationship with the Lord is more precious than ever because of all that has happened to me. God has been my help and support through it all. I needed and still need to trust in Him alone. I don’t understand all God’s ways; but I do know He is a wise, faithful, and loving God. I do know that He is worthy of my trust.
Christian caregiver, you do not know what this coming year holds for you and your loved one, but you do know that the Lord God holds your future. You may not understand His ways, but He asks you to trust Him. His ways are not always your ways, but He knows what He is doing in what He allows in your life. Rest in Him in this coming year.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you Ferree
    Tom (my soulmate-bestfriend) would say so many, many times.......
    "honey, when God is ALL you have,
    then God is ALL you need"
    He had the most abiding assurance and sustaining peace of any person I've ever known, I guess you might could say I was a surfer on his faith.
    Now that he is in Heaven, God is soooo teaching me to trust, lean, depend totally upon him. Now that All my crutches have been removed out from under me, I'm learning to take (not) just one step at a time but one breath at a time.

    But grace is just what it is.... unearned or unmerited and now grace is above and foremost...... unconditional..... just trust (that's all) non performance, no bargaining just letting go of my bitterness, resentments.... (and my right to know and understand)but....just looking up day by day, moment by moment.
    1st Peter 1:7
    Casting all your cares upon Him for he careth for you.

    Blessings / Dodi / SC

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  2. Perfect said, Dodi, thanks (I still need to be reminded myself and your words came in God's perfect time for me~) . . . just trust (that's all) non performance, no bargaining just letting go of my bitterness, resentments.... (and my right to know and understand)but....just looking up day by day, moment by moment.
    1st Peter 1:7
    Casting all your cares upon Him for he careth for you.

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  3. Love your comments, Dodi especially the last paragraph!

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  4. Sharon, Once again, you inspire hope in the Lord! Thank you for allowing me to share your good words.

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