A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
– John 13:34
I started a new job today; a much-needed boost to my income. Although it is only part-time, every little bit helps. I met with her to discuss things, and she asked if I could start tonight.
Of course, the words “make sure it is worth it for the money” lingers in my mind. I realized, however, that regardless of anything else, God needed me there in a big way. After only one night, I have an entirely new perspective on life.
The lady that I work for cares for her 93-year-old dad, who is diabetic, has sclerosis, has Parkinson’s, and has dementia. I know that sounds like a vegetable, but he is not. He actually proves to be pretty coherent and is strong. Because of these issues, he needs someone to help him with everything. When you do exercises with him in a chair, however, he has a lot of physical strength for someone in his condition. He possesses a strong will to live.
My worries land more on my boss than him. She will go all day without eating. She rarely sleeps much. She has little spiritual nourishment outside of a weekly visit from a pastor. She is weary and heavy laden, needing some encouragement and help.
My perspective on life completely changed after tonight. I realized how easy I have things, and how much freedom I truly have. Sure, I have a lot of debt and no car. Sure, my work situation is unstable right now. Nevertheless, I can mold and change my day as I please (for the most part). I don’t have another’s life in my hands 24/7 that needs close attentive care. I don’t have to deal with the hardship of trying to pay all the bills while not working, living off my father’s pension. I have family and church support.
You may ask why she doesn’t put him in a nursing home. Unfortunately, more nursing homes than not are unworthy of keeping their doors open. So many are full of neglect and irresponsibility, and she doesn’t want the risk of him being mishandled. Besides that, she promised the Lord she would care for her parents when they were unable to survive on their own any longer. I think it is a wonderful thing to keep your promise to God – He always keeps His!!
God has cared for her, and she will not doubt that. She still needs outside support though! The Bible even tells us that we need Christian fellowship to survive.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. – Psalm 133:1-3
Please pray for her! Please pray that she will be able to care for herself as well as her dad. Please pray that she will be ministered to and that God will stay by her side 24/7. Please pray that she does not lose hope. Please pray that God will regenerate her heart, her strength, and her motivation every day.
I don’t like giving people’s names on my blog without permission, so let’s call her K. Please keep her in your thoughts!
It is almost midnight (though the timing on this site is WAY off because it says it’s 3:57 a.m. ?????). I am off for some zzzzz’s of my own.
Thanks all! God bless!!
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. – 1 John 3:23-24