You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
I was overwhelmed with sorrow. Someone I loved was facing terminal illness, and my heart was weighed down with the reality of pending loss. I wanted to crawl into a corner, away from the world, and mourn. But life does not stop for the broken heart. Responsibilities march forward, like hungry people waiting in a soup kitchen line, needing the vitality your hand ladles out.
As a caregiver, you must hold it together. Keep order. Protect normalcy for others.
This is what I told myself as my eyes opened in the grey pre-dawn light peeking through my bedroom blinds.
My phone blinked bright with an incoming message. Someone was praying for me.
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11”
The words shone forth like gold, like strength. From heaven, my Father spoke directly into my weariness. I will show you the path of life today. The path through this life, this trial, these circumstances. And you will know my presence, my fullness of joy, even though your heart bows low. Today. Moment by moment. I promise.
I let His promise lift me out of bed and plant my feet on the ground. Like a steady, strong arm, His words guided me through the impossible task of getting dressed and facing my responsibilities. And by His side I served all day long, moment by moment.
Our God is a present help in trouble, a comforter to the broken. He shows us the path of life for this day, this circumstance, this breaking sorrow. Moment by moment as we lean on Him.
Lord, thank you for your promise to show us the path of life today. Thank you for your presence that helps us rise to face our responsibilities even when we are weary and sad. You are such a good God, such a present help in trouble, and my heart praises you today. Amen.