Impossible Days

Impossible Days

A woman gazes out at the sunrise over a lake
Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.—Psalm 118:5 ESV

Caregiving drains physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As we put forth all our effort, we may each wonder, Will I have enough strength to complete this task?

When our bodies and spirits weaken, our prayers—even the most desperate ones—often become more powerful. In our emptiness, as we ask, “Lord, how much more can I bear?” He comes immediately to our aid.

God knows every need of His overburdened people. And though we may not be able to spend much time in Bible study, church attendance, and prayer, He still watches over us, listening carefully for our most helpless communications. Then He answers powerfully, in ways He may never have responded in less-demanding times.

We don’t need to pray perfectly or read six chapters of scripture a day before caring for our loved ones. Nor do we need to give up all our sparse personal time. God knows the service we provide and He blesses us for it—perhaps well beyond what we feel we deserve.

The One whose “ ‘steadfast love endures forever’ ” (Psalm 118:4 esv) never deserts those He loves. He sets us free—even in the midst of our many chores, responsibilities, and impossible days. We can call on Him and feel His freedom no matter what our days include.

Today's Prayer:

Thank You, Lord, for listening and responding to all my troubles.
Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts