So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. Galatians 6:9-10 (NLT)
Weary, tired, exhausted, worn out, fatigued, sapped, spent: pick a word and you’ve got me. We spent last week moving my dad into an assisted living facility. His mind and hearing are as acute as ever but his body and vision are failing making it impossible to continue to live alone. He gave the family a huge gift with his willingness and acceptance – even excitement about this move. But his limited physical state left the bulk of the work to us. Knowing him, the hardest part was watching us dismantle the house that he has lived in for 41 years and not being able to do one thing about it. Life brings us curve balls and he commented more than once that he never expected to be in this position. We all face unexpected challenges. It might be an illness, a job loss, a sick child, or a mine or bridge collapse. How do I handle this crisis? There are times when we can barely hang on for grief. Other times, we roll up our sleeves and get busy. But each trial gives us the opportunity to take the steps of faith acknowledging our trust in the One who made us. I know that I have prayed, more than once, complaining to my Father about a particular test or challenge. Yet, it is during those intense times, that I feel His comfort and understanding deep in my soul and know that He is walking right beside me…I will trust Him.I have a real sense of peace that Dad is now in a good place and I know that soon he will be calling it home.