Remember that book, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret? It was about a girl wanting to know God and to have God help her with her life issues. I have found myself asking God for the same kind of help. Life has been filled with many difficult transitions. I won’t go into all the stressors of my life, but let’s just say that moving, major life and death health issues, and midlife issues—including becoming empty nesters—have hit my husband and I hard these last nine months. There have been so many choices to make and emotions to deal with that I find myself talking to God nearly hourly. I know He is listening to me, yet at times I wish I knew what His plans were for me.
Recently, I found myself on my knees, with tears in my eyes, thanking the Lord for being there for me. In that week, I was able to care for my mom and get ready to celebrate my daughter’s 18th birthday. The week was a beautiful ebb and flow of tears and laughter. Memories flooded in of when my mom took care of me when I broke my arm or had surgery. We giggled about helping each other get dressed and combing our hair. Then we would have moments of tears as we talked about when I turned eighteen and moved out, and now I’m there in the same place with my daughter.
All the while, I have felt the Lord sending His army for us all. Family and friends have called, texted, and FaceTimed love and encouragement to me. God has been listening to my quiet whispers of help and need for support.
Even when I didn’t know I needed help, a friend would call just to check up on me. One beloved friend reminded me that with each transition, God has me in the palms of His hands, and that I will never regret being a caregiver. She went on to remind me that our child may move on to new adventures, but they will always need their moms. God listens as we unwind our lives and He sends others, praise music, and His Word to help us reset and find peace.
While sometimes we may not think God is there, just look for His army of angels. Psalms 91:11 says, “For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands.”
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