The “light and momentary afflictions” we face are apt to make us nose dive without notice. We feel our emotions spin out of control. I had one such incident this week.
I’m at that age where my parents need parenting.
My beautiful mom, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four and a half years ago, once a sharp woman, now has trouble completing a sentence. For safety reasons she should not be left alone.
My poor dad is in denial.
Imagine my frustration upon learning he does leave her alone, talking to him on the phone and trying to get him to understand the dangers ... and him telling me three times, "Get off my back!" Yeah, not fun. :/
Frustration turned to anger, and rightly so. I want to know Mom is safe. A friend told me that last year a woman in my mom’s condition wandered off. She was not found until days later … dead in a ditch. A creek runs behind my parent’s back yard.
That night after the unfruitful talk with my dad, I prayed through the situation until my anger subsided and turned to peace.
The next day, as a biblical response, I realized it was time to bring in special forces. Dad had refused counsel from Mom’s caregiver (a professional), and my husband and me. He flippantly cast aside our warnings. It was time to call my pastor.
In agreement about the situation, he made an appointment with my dad and called in one of the other pastors.
After their meeting, my pastor called and gave me a “heads up”. I won’t go into details, but I am thankful for their wisdom and grace in dealing with a difficult situation. Lord willing, my dad now sees the wisdom of not leaving Mom alone.
Will you pray with me to that effect?
2Co 4:16 For this cause we do not faint; but though our outward man perishes, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
2Co 4:17 For the lightness of our present affliction works out for us a far more excellent eternal weight of glory,
2Co 4:18 we not considering the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are not lasting, but the things which are not seen are everlasting. MKJV
The Lord uses trials in our lives in order to turn our focus to Him. That we trust Him. That we lean on Him. He is our peace as we traverse life’s difficulties. In fact, I can’t imagine doing life without him, can you?
Lord Jesus, thank you for carrying me through this struggle. I’m so thankful for the strength you give in times of trouble, for your peace and comfort—for answered prayer. Bless my friends and keep them strong in whatever trial they find themselves this day. Lift them above their circumstances as they trust in you. Amen.