When mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, our roles changed. I became the mom, and she became the child.
It’s not a place I wanted to be. I wanted my mom back. I wanted the comfort and safety that a mom provides. But that didn’t happen.
Sometimes we end up in a place we don’t want to be. But maybe that is the exact place where we are supposed to be.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. - Psalm 27:14
David found himself in a place he didn’t want to be. His work in the king’s court started off great. But it wasn’t long before David found himself a hunted man. David knew the king wanted him dead and he fled.
Why did David - a future king - find himself in this situation? He should have been preparing to become Israel’s leader. Instead, he was living in caves and relying on the kindness of strangers for food.
Maybe David was exactly where he was supposed to be. He didn’t learn in a formal classroom. He was given a real-life education.
David’s time with the king gave him the opportunity to witness the inner workings of how to rule a nation. When Saul sent him into battle, David learned to lead an army.
During those long nights in caves, he learned patience and his character was formed.
And through it all, David learned to rely on God. Every event in his life, prepared him for his future role.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word, I put my hope. - Psalm 130:5
God had a lot to teach me during mom’s illness. It was the hardest time, yet it was the most rewarding. With our roles switched, mom and I reached a new relationship. In some ways it was stronger than it ever was.
The journey is important. This is where God prepares us for when we reach our destination.
What journey have you been on? What did God teach you?