Strange question for a blog for caregivers (and friends). Some days you may feel like ALL you do is serve the needs of chronic illness in your house.
I was truthfully bone-weary when I went to church this morning. I could barely stay awake. My husband’s many trips to the bathroom, though quietly attempted, disturbed my sleep. It’s an ongoing symptom that he is on meds for, but needs a surgery for long term relief. His body is broken in so many ways, it’s like living in a sci-fi horror story. He didn’t sleep for the pain, either.
Even, worse, the elderly minister, bless his heart, did not do much to keep me awake. Not his job, I know, but a little passion behind the pulpit never hurts!!
So I used my pen and paper in an attempt to focus. I truly believe God rewards our most feeble, even sleep-deprived efforts to draw near to Him. After all, it is His promise, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
One point really rang a bell in my own heart. Here’s where God’s beautiful faithfulness met me this morning.
This statement from Philippians 2:1
If there be any consolation in Christ, any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit….
Comfort. Consolation. Fellowship.
Add mercies… likemindedness,
lowliness of mind,
each esteeming the other better than themselves.
This is where the rubber meets the road in our relationships.
It’s easy to get sick and tired of someone who is always sick and tired, just being real here! I’m a human being, too.
Wonder of wonders! Joy of all joys — Jesus never gets tired of me, as sinsick and broken as I am.
What He is asking of me in relation to others is to pour out this same compassion. Let His love shine in and through me.
So as I face another week, I’m going to think about comfort and compassion. Christ’s comfort to me. His mercies and compassions that are new every morning.
I can’t serve two masters. He’s the only one I want. When I serve the needs in my house, He’s the one I’m serving.
Now that’s where God met me in His Word this morning. I’m glad I went to church. How about you?