4 Resting in the Lord
4.1 My Story
You may be like my late wife was when she was battling Stage Four Melanoma cancer. She found herself very tired. She needed rest. My daily caregiving also left me weary. Like my wife, I needed rest.
The managing of my wife’s schedule took a skillset even an air traffic controller would envy. First, she had the neverending visits to her primary medical team. The army of medical doctors was the primary care physician, the surgical oncologist, managing oncologist, dermatologist, gastro endocrinologist, thyroid doctor, cardiologist (the heart must be healthy enough for the treatments) and radiologist medical doctor. They did the routine checks, prescribed the medications and treatments, performed biopsies and surgery as well as ordering the tests.
A group of medical technicians did the grunt work of tests and treatment procedures. In this category was blood work, PET scans, CAT scans, MRIs, days and weeks of radiation treatments and the lymphedema therapy.
At home, my wife did months of daily chemotherapy prescription medications, spent hours waiting for UPS or FedEx to deliver the refrigerated prescriptions from the exotic, super expensive pharmacy, did 24/7/365 lymphedema therapy at home with the machine that sounded like Darth Vader with a sleeve that looked like the nose of Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street.
Added to these challenges was managing her work schedule to maintain health insurance. These alone were enough to have her constantly exhausted. Unfortunately, more daily challenges were adding to her fatigue.
My wife’s eating schedule controlled her life. She had to take the prescription meds and wait two hours to eat or eat and wait several hours before she could take the medications. The routine dictated the time of day when she woke and went to bed.
You get the picture and can relate. Like my wife, you get tired. Yes, the patient gets tired. The caregiver also gets worn down. The caregiver makes sure the loved on stays on schedule and task. As the caregiver, you need to rest. You need God.
4.2 Resting in the Lord
Part of learning to care for a person with a chronic illness understands the need for resting in the Lord.
Caregiving for a loved one with a chronic illness can leave you tired and weary. I am talking about becoming bone tired. I am talking about the type of fatigue that vacations or even a sabbatical cannot cure.
4.3 Bible Verse
Exodus 33:14 (KJV), “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
4.4 What the Verse Means
The Lord is telling Moses that God will personally go with him. The Lord will give him rest. He is informing Moses that everything will ultimately be fine for him.
For the caregiver, this doesn’t mean that your loved one will be healed in this life. Final healing may not happen until heaven.
The application for the Believer in Christ is the Lord also personally goes with us, gives us rest, and promises to sustain us during our caregiving journey.
4.5 Pray Using Scripture
- Heavenly Father thank you for your presence going with us.
- Lord Jesus, thank you for the rest you give us.
- God, we ask to experience your rest again this day.
- Let us use Sundays as the day of rest and worship.
4.6 Responding to God’s Hope
- Remember a recent time you felt God’s presence. What were you doing? Recall how you felt his presence.
- Ask God to go with you and be with you today as you work and go about your caregiving responsibilities.
- Are you getting enough rest? Are you reading your Bible regularly? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you taking time to be still?
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This blog post is from the forthcoming book, “Caregiving: Biblical Insights from a Caregiver’s Journey” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.
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