New Trails

A grieving caregiver visits a cemetery

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”—ISAIAH 43:18–19 NIV

Many of us have given little thought to how our lives will change when our season of caregiving ends. But it will end—and we’ll find that we have both time on our hands and surprising emotions to sort through.

Part of God’s healing process is moving on. But we might think, How? The time of caregiving left us feeling overwhelmed and bewildered. And now we may feel guilt over continuing with our own lives after the death of our loved one. How can we possibly move forward with such conflicting feelings?

God understands. He knows that our own usefulness doesn’t end when our caregiving does. There are other peoples’ lives to touch, things to learn, and growth in our faith that needs to take place.

We’ll never forget the person we cared for or the caregiving experience itself. But just as we anticipate the first flowers of spring, we can look forward to the new things God will bring forth in our lives.

Today's Prayer:

Gracious Father, I thank You for sending me Your comfort and strength. Thank You, too, for the new experiences and blessings that You bring into my life.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts