As caregivers, we spend hours taking care of our loved one. Many of us have been at it for years. We know what the person we care for likes, does not like, their quirks and habits, when they are getting sick, and the best way to tend to personal needs. Sometimes we feel like a Siamese twin to the one we care for as we often anticipate that person’s needs before they do.
And then we meet with a doctor, caseworker, or therapist who smirks when we describe a problem or a need in regards to our charges. The “professional” doesn’t believe us. They think we’re crazy! They believe that the book knowledge they have obtained is far more accurate and valuable then the personal tutorial we have had for months and years.
If you have read Amanda, Perfectly Made then you know my story of how Ted and I many times had to be persistent and stand firm to get the doctor to take another look at Amanda. The nurse’s poo-pooed our concerns and thought they knew better. Our stubborn stand finally paid off and once it even saved Amanda’s life!
Christ is OUR perfect caregiver. He created us and knows us intimately. He knows what’s on our minds and what’s on our hearts. He knows our needs. He knows our name. He calls us His own and will fight for us.
So, dear caregiver, remember that Christ is taking care of you when you are being Christ-like and caring for another. Stand firm when you have to!
Isaiah 43:1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
John 10:14-15 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.