Seeing the Big Picture

Mountains by a lake

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.—PROVERBS 3:5-6 [NIV]

Six months earlier, I had given up my position on my church’s worship team. I didn’t know why, just that God had laid it on my heart that I was supposed to stop volunteering. It made no sense, and for months I sat in the balcony of our church crying as those around me sang.

And then I began going to stay with my parents two days a week to help Dad care for Mom who had Alzheimer’s. One Sunday night, I sat with my parents as we sang old hymns. It was just the three of us, but the harmonies sounded beautiful.

That night I lay in bed praying, thanking God that Mom could remember the words of the songs and sing along. It felt like God was saying to me, Remember when you felt like you were supposed to quit volunteering at church and didn’t know why? I blinked back tears as I thought back to that difficult time in my life. This is why. If you had been busy at church, you wouldn’t have noticed your dad needed you. But because you listened and obeyed me without understanding, you were available to help him.

A peace came over me as I realized I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

Today's Prayer:

Lord, thank you for showing me where I am needed most.

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