Times and seasons
It has been so evident since we moved here to Arizona two years ago that we began a whole new life season, other than the obvious geographic relocation.
Back in Colorado, nearly my whole life was absorbed in the many facets of homeschooling and all things children—teaching in my own homeschool and our church Sunday School, curriculum planning, support and youth group activities, etc. Moving here drew us fully into the larger picture of extended family life, and simultaneously ended my season of homeschooling.
Now, as this new year begins, I find myself in the season of care-giving. My father-in-law’s passing eight months ago created a new and very challenging situation for the family—not only helping my mother-in-law with all facets of her daily life and health issues, but trying to bring real encouragement and comfort to her sorrowing heart. I’m afraid we’ve not been very successful as there are no shortcuts in the grief process.
I’ve really never been much around elderly folk; I never knew my grandparents or older extended relatives, and have largely been unaware of the incredible challenges seniors can face. Where once they were strong, productive and independent, now they deal with tiredness, forgetfulness, health troubles, grief, loss of independence, loss of purpose. They have to let others call the shots and be gracious at the same time.
Care-giving is similar to homeschooling—very much a walk of faith. Every day I need the Lord’s practical wisdom and help. Each day it’s just doing the next thing, trusting that our efforts will bear fruit. And, like homeschooling, it’s all about someone else—a good refining process for the soul!
My prayer is that the Lord will help me be faithful in this season and learn all the lessons He has for me. It’s not easy, but then I guess nothing worthwhile ever is, right?