My story began in 1985 when I met the Lord and He became not only my personal Savior, but truly, my best friend. Through the years he has seen me through many things I would never have been able to handle without Him. He has protected me from harm, from death, and sometimes even from myself in the choices I WOULD HAVE made, but didn’t, because of His direction and guiding in my life.
Fast forward to February 2017, and the reason for sharing my story with you. A friend of mine was diagnosed with, “rapidly progressive dementia”. I had previously written a book about caregiving but hadn’t done anything with it so it had been sitting in the file for 2 or 3 years. The news of my friend’s diagnosis sent me searching for some of the information that I thought might be useful in putting together a caregiving team for her.
Several of the ladies from church set aside time in their schedules to be a caregiver for her and together we built a team of ladies who gave of themselves to help someone in need of care. This was not only a blessing to her and her family, but God also used it to “scold” me for not following through with publication on the book, which could help so many people. It saddens me to think how many people may have missed a blessing while I procrastinated.
I’m happy to say that it has now been published and is available to those who need it. I am so thankful to the Lord for giving me the opportunity to help my friend. I have grown in my faith through this experience and I can now see that writing the book wasn’t about me at all, but it was being prepared ahead of time so that when her time came of feeling like she could no longer serve the Lord, He had already prepared a way for her to continue to be a blessing – by letting others be a blessing to her. Not only does the old adage, “God works in mysterious ways,” ring true, but it is clear that He is SO far ahead of us in HIS PLAN for our lives, that we could never imagine the way He will use people, things, and circumstances further down the road for HIS glory.
Someone once said that faith is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights reveal, but you can make the whole trip that way.