For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will callon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Do you have a loved one who is disabled? A sibling, parent, child or spouse. Are you the caretaker for that person? Do you find it hard sometimes to be that person? I do. But then I realize my life, the life God chose for me, would not be the same without the love of my wife and children.
Disabilities has been a part of my whole life. I have been a caretaker for most of it. When I was younger I took care of my sibling, who has a disability. Then I met my lovely wife. At that time she was a lively independent young lady. As time went on, God slowly took away her independence. I feel to draw us closer together and closer to Him. God blessed us with three wonderful children. All with some form of disability. Just a few years ago I got the wonderful privilege of taking care of my mom’s final needs as she passed from this life to dancing with Jesus.
Through all of my “care-taking’ God has a plan. Do I do this for obligation? Do I do it for the accolades? Do I do it for love? Honestly, I can and will answer yes to all. Is it selfish? I don’t think so.
I am going to start a series on “the other side of disabilities” to discuss why God gave you the job of “caretaker” and what that means for you and the one you are caring for.
It is my prayer that you listen to God and understand His plan for you and the one He charges you to caretake.