When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Psalm 94:18-19 (NIV)
As I read these Bible verses in my church newsletter, I immediately linked the words to support for caregivers. So many times, we caregivers feel that we are losing control, slipping in a mire of medicine, confusion, and exhaustion. We are constantly worried about our care receiver. Each morning we lay in bed wondering what new challenge the day will bring and each night we try to pray but fall exhausted into our beds for the all too brief respite until we are needed again.
What a wonderful picture this verse paints of God being next to us all the time to catch us when we slip or come close to failing in our caregiving task. God promises to support us even when we are greatly troubled and worried. Not only support us, but bring us such deep consolation (comfort, relief) that we will be joyful. PTL!
These verses also reminded me of the need for support from friends and family. Caregivers need a support team that can begin with family but needs to expand to include friends and church family. I encourage you to seek out a support group as you run this caregiving marathon. As you participate in the support group, you will find that people are ready to lift you up, even as God promises to be there when your foot slips. Let others minister to you and when you are filled with joy, pass it on!
Sometimes after a tough day and with heaviness of heart I sometimes think about the blindness…thanks for reminding me that Jesus is always, always with me and carrying the load with me.