I took a shirt from the hanger, held it up then threw it on a pile in the corner of the room. I went to the next shirt and did the same thing. I repeated this task until I finished inspecting all of the clothes hanging in the closet. As I did this, my mom stood behind me quietly watching as I decided the fate of her clothes.
My mom has Alzheimer’s and can no longer wear clothes with buttons or zippers. When my dad asked me to go through her clothes, I was not prepared for the emotions that would rush over me. Piece after piece, I was reminded of my beautiful mom – the woman who was always there for me when I needed her and showed me how to love the Lord.
Today, our roles have reversed – she is no longer the caregiver and I am no longer the child. Ecclesiastes says:
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
What season of life are you in today? Is it your time to grieve or celebrate? Every season in your life will prepare you for the next season. During those times, you will gain experience and wisdom so that God can use you to do his work.
It is not easy watching my mom slowly disappear from me, but I know that God will use my pain for his purpose. Just like my mom taught me the love of Jesus, I too will be equipped to show others the same. God will not abandon me during this time. In Isaiah, his promise is reassuring:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
God is comforting the Israelites during their long and painful season of captivity in Babylon. His comforts are for you, too, my beautiful friend in Christ. He will give you the strength needed to bear your hardships and he will hold you up with his right hand.
No matter what season you are in today, God will give the strength you so desperately need. Let him wrap you in the shelter of his arms where you will find rest and peace.