(Psalm 34:17-19) "The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
I must give credit to those of you who have had to be a caregiver for someone who had to battle a loved one's sickness and sometimes an incurable disease. My mom had to care for my dad for many years until he succumbed from lymphoma. It was a slow death, but nonetheless very weary and painful for my mom.
My husband and I made several trips to Albany to look after our daughter and granddaughter while her husband worked, but it paled in comparison to the hours and days that Jamus had to watch his wife dwindle down to a mere shell of a soul and subsequently die from pancreatic cancer.
When medicine begin to hurt more than they help, when our loved ones lose their appetite for food or drink, when our loved ones quit the physical fight for life, it is often devastating for those of us who are on the sideline, praying, fasting and believing for a miracle. Sometimes the sick and dying have more sense than we do!!! Many are just flat out ready to go home and be with the Lord. Many just want to spend their last days enjoying their families, smelling the coffee brewing in the kitchen, watching their grandchildren skipping and hopping around in their bedroom or in the living room, enjoying the kisses and hugs from such that are full of life.
Sometimes we have to accept the "NO", from our parent's request or demand that there be no more medicine, radiation, chemo, pills or doctor visits etc. In order to say Yes to your loved one, you have to be willing to hear a "NO," from God. No, to your longing for him or her to stay with you. No, to your repeated prayers and scriptures that you have hung up in their bedroom. No, to your selfish desires to keep them in a state of pain and suffering on this side, when all they want is peace and rest! They are ready to experience Eternal Life.
In a fallen sinful world, we will experience suffering until Jesus returns to take us back with him. Our sinful nature, our limited wisdom, vision and fear of pain and the unknown distorts our vision. Remember, we only see through a glass darkly. But one day the eyes of our understanding will be opened.
When we accept our small part in His greater purpose and plan, we can say with authority and faith, that God is still good all the time. whatever He does, He does it well. He is sovereign and He is in charge. He never makes a mistake. We must trust God and whatever He decides, we must be at peace with it. for some of us, it is definitely a process!!! But we can still trust God to answer every prayer according to His will.
Trust me, God's answers are always wiser than our prayers.
Have a Blessed Day: Don't forge to say your prayers!!!