When struggling with loneliness and isolation, dark thoughts often grip us as caregivers. We fearfully cry out for someone to tell us what to do, where to go, or how to cope. Simply put—we demand answers. Furthermore, we want an explanation of why these difficult events are happening to us in light of a good an loving God.
Some Answers Won’t Make Sense Right Now
When just a toddler, our oldest son fell and lacerated his chin, and I had to hold him down while he received stitches. I’ll never forget the look of terror in his eyes and his screams. as he endured what, for him, was horrifying. He had no way to understand what was happening or how to cope. As he struggled, I avoided trying to explain things like stitches, infections, and antibiotics to a crying three-year-old, and instead gently assured him of my presence and that he would be okay. Soon, the doctor finished, and I held our son and dried his tears.
How are we any different when traveling in the often-long valley of the shadow of death? While our Heavenly Father seems to rarely give us the answers we demand, He does give us the assurance we need. The assurance of His presence and His love for us.
From YOUR CAREGIVER MINUTE With Peter Rosenberger