Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Perfect Peace of God

With hubby home now I’ve gone back to being a part-time caregiver for seniors. Not only is the extra income nice, but I had forgotten how rewarding it was to spend time with the elderly. I assist them with simple household chores and run errands for them. I also have the honor of listening to their stories from days gone by. The elderly among us are a treasure-trove of wisdom, and have some very interesting perspectives on life. They have witnessed amazing technological advances in their many decades on this earth, and they have weathered many personal storms.

Each time I meet a new client I am a little nervous. In the past month I’ve been with four different clients, all women, and all with distinct temperaments. I often wonder if our personalities will match and if we will have much in common to talk about. Some are independent and want their own space, but many are lonesome and long for conversation. Some are frustrated that their bodies are wearing out, and others have gracefully accepted it, acknowledging that they’ve been given a precious gift of time. For those who are not struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia, they often reflect on their past. Their own outlook on life can make the job both interesting and challenging.

As you can imagine, I pray a lot for insight and wisdom. A client’s family members are often in the picture, too. They are understandably concerned, yet they struggle with the challenges of dealing with their loved one. We try to relieve their burden and bring peace back into their lives.

In my own personal life, though, on top of going back to work, I also had writing deadlines to meet and two speeches to give. One week in particular was exhausting. The stress had mounted, making it tough to sleep. I was astonished at how God sent constant reminders to me to stay focused on Him, beginning immediately upon awakening. Every morning, and several times throughout the day, I heard (and still hear) the following verse from Isaiah 26:3: “I will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.”  I had never memorized that verse, but I was familiar with it. Yet, each time God brought it to the forefront of my mind it gave such relief. Throughout the day it would give me a surge of energy if I was helping a dementia client get her legs back on the couch for the tenth time that hour. In the afternoon when my creativity is not at its best, that verse would bring clarity of thought while trying to write an article. And, immediately before giving those two speeches, I heard it again. I put my trust completely in the One who can do all things through His willing servant, and He amazingly came through, every time.

God longs to do the same for you, too, but you need to do your part. Read His word daily and become familiar with His voice, and then, put your faith and trust in Him…for He alone is worthy.
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)


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