Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 22nd, 2017
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.
Psalm 27:10 (NKJV)
The Lord Takes Care of Me
It is a hurtful thing to be forsaken or abandoned by the people who mean the most to us. The very thought makes us fearful or sad. Yet, the Lord pledges Himself to us. He will not reject or abandon us. Invite the Lord into any area of your heart that carries the sadness and pain of being abandoned. He promises to hold us close. His love will not fail us.
It has been estimated that 75 percent of Canadian families will provide care for elderly members at some point. And the responsibility can take its toll on both the one needing the care and the caregivers. Many of the caregivers are in the sandwich generation, having responsibilities for both children and grandchildren as well as aging parents. Richard Johnston, author of a book on Caring for Aging Parents explains why it can be so taxing on caregivers. “The real problem here is that people overdo. They take on too much. They make promises they really can’t keep. When we’re talking about love relationships, we’re really not logical. We want to do more, we get upset about it, we realize we’re in over our heads, and then we start doing things that aren’t so good for ourselves, our families, and maybe our parents.”
Every one of us has had someone take care of us at some time or another. It may have been when you were a child and needed a parent when you were ill or injured. Or maybe the CAA service guy who came to your aid when your car said “I quit.” Or a nurse in a senior’s residence who looks in on you every day. How grateful we are to have other people around to take care of us. In the spiritual realm there is One who is always caring for us, whether we acknowledge it or not. The Psalmist recognized it and writes in Psalm 27:10: “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.” How said it is when a parent forsakes a child. Even an adult child. Our heart breaks for families that are at odds and for children who live in dysfunction. It obviously isn’t a modern issue. As far back as David’s time there were orphans and abandoned children. David knew that no matter what we are facing, God cares for us and looks after us. Those who have never come into a relationship with Jesus Christ sadly don’t recognize how much God is taking care of them. He loves even those who have not acknowledged Him. On the other hand, if you are a follower of Jesus, take time today to thank Him for His care.
These have been words from the heart.