Thursday, May 07, 2009


1. Give God permission to be your caregiver:

This first point is one that flies in the face of everything society today says we should be striving towards. Self-sufficiency is the name of the game in the 21st century. The world tells us if we can't take care of ourselves that we have failed. We raise our children to become self-sufficient. We are a we can do it, we can handle it people. So given the world we live in how do we give up this becoming self-sufficiency is success life style and allow God to be our caretaker? More importantly how do I do this? What does it even mean to "Give God permission to be my caretaker"?

God as my caregiver is a very apt point for me to be thinking about at this time while I deal with a new normal life living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. A chronic disease that has no cure. Though it is highly unlikely the disease itself would be fatal, side effects of it in the long term could. I'm not sure anyone has ever had "Cause of Death" on their death certificate listed as Rheumatoid Arthritis, but I just learned when diagnosed again last month that chances for heart disease are heightened when you have RA. Also in advanced RA the medications used to control it are pretty nasty with some potentially fatal side effects. Having God as my caretaker sounds pretty good under these circumstances. Yet it still is not easy to give up that well learned self control.

How does allowing God to be my caretaker work with the "God helps them who help them self" motto that is so well ingrained in my mind? (Before anyone is tempted to chastise me I do know that phase is not in the bible but came from Poor Richard's Almanac!) I never have been and probably never will be (without a major change in my heart and mind) b een a person who has believed that you can give it all over to God and then sit back and watch him deal with your problems and issues.

I think this was reinforced in college when I had a roommate who was involved with a church that had a lot of college students involved with it and the scheduled a large church wide evangelistic even during the week before final exams. When they asked my roommate to be heavily involved in it and she responded that she had exams to study for their response was that since the program was doing Gods work she needed to be doing it and if she prayed for God to take care of her exams she could work with the church program in God would take care of the rest. Being a new Christian and trusting her church this is what she did (against my "heathen" advice to spend at least some time studying). Unfortunatley I had a new roommate the next semester as her parents refused to let her return to school after failing all of her classes but 1.

So when we allow God to be our caregiver.....what is our responsibility in the deal? Do we have responsibilities in the deal or is thinking that we do just a sign of not having enough trust in God to total give up control of our life to him???? I don't have any answers to these question yet.

The though just occurred to me that I think of God and myself as team mates in my life. I want him to be the captain of the team, but I am an active participant on the team. There are times when due to injury or other life events I might be temporarily benched or red-shirted, but I am still a team member and I will get back into the game at some point. The bible verse Hope gave with this point is from Matthew and I think it speaks to those times we may be red-shirted (temporarily on the bench due to injury).

Matthew 11:28

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."

The verse continues on in verses 29-30:

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I and gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

If putting a yoke on is involved there must be some work on our part required. Oxen wear yokes when they are at work. Their work is directed presumably by the one whose yoke they are wearing. There is some work we will be involved in; some burden....If it is God's yoke we have on it is he who is the one leading or directing the work. We are told God's burdens for us are light.

So where am I now? If I allow God, give God permission, to be my caregiver I am not giving up all action in my life. I may be giving up control, but I do have a responsibility to seek out God and what it is that he has for me to do. There will be action required from me. God does have work for me to one of the next questions is what is it that he has for me to do?


There is a wonderful web site started by a stamping friend and a sister in Christ called Women to Women Sharing Jesus. On it Diane have wonderful posts about her life, faith, and love of Jesus. And she often has guest post by other women. This morning when I was thinking about what I should do for my devotional time (which I confess has been sadly lacking) I thought of this site and decided to see if there was something there that would jump start me. There was!

There was a wonderful posting by Hope with many things to ponder. And they were all things I need to be pondering. Here are her points and some related verses. For here thoughts you will have to visit Women to Women. I am going to ponder on these points one each day for the next 4 days and if I come up with anything profound or maybe even anything at all I Will share my thoughts here in further posts.

1. Give God permission to be your caregiver.

Matthew 11:28

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

2. Pour out to Him, so He can pour into you

Psalm 34: 6, 18

This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

3. Accept and surrender to God’s Truth

Hebrews 4:16

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

4. Remember the Truth

Psalm 40: 1-3

I waited patiently for the LORD;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the LORD.