The Bible is full of God's encouraging Bible verses to give all of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents and helping with the grandchildren, a "hug" from Him for ourselves and to share with those special seniors and juniors in our lives. Some are especially encouraging during dark moments including those times we may be dealing with such things as severe illness in a family member and the grief that comes from having to help them through that, along with hospice, and finally, with the end stages of their disease.
Last week's comforting Bible verses from Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want…" is one of those special passages. Today is another of the many comforting Scriptures that have held me steady during my darkest days, including the loss of my sweet husband.
But I trusted in Thee, O LORD:
I said, Thou art my God. My times are in Thy hand.
Psalm 31: 14-15a (KJV)
I have clung to these verses so many times over the years, before and since. I can't explain everything that happens – good or bad. I can't fix everything that happens, no matter how hard my sweet little caregiving heart wants to. But I can tell you that we can trust in our awesome God and KNOW that we can trust in Him and that our times are, indeed, in His capable and loving hands.
As Charles Spurgeon once said, "God’s hand never errs; and if our times are in his hand, those times are ordered rightly. We need not puzzle our brains to understand the dispensations of Providence: a much easier and wiser course is open to us; namely, to believe the hand of the Lord works all things for the best."
In more modern times, David Strasser (also known simply as Beaker) wrote the song, O God, You are my God (Step by Step), which has resonated wonderfully in my heart for years. I love the praise and worship songs sung by Rich Mullins and this is one of my favorites. He originally recorded it and later, through the magic of computers, Bebo Norman was able to re-record it as a duet, after Rich Mullins had also gone to heaven.
When I think of Psalm 31:14, I often also think of this song. I'm not sure if he wrote the words based on this Psalm or another verse, but I love the two together and so many times have played it when I needed strength and encouragement. I have to confess, I often have tears streaming down as I listen, but oh, the joy of surrendering to God and telling Him that I will to follow Him STEP BY STEP, when I know that's all I can handle – that one step at a time. That joy is then replicated by the knowledge that, since my times are in His hands, that's all I need to focus on – that one step at a time!
I pray that you, too, will be comforted and encouraged by this verse and by this praise and worship music from Rich Mullins and Bebo Norman in today's Smilebox eCard – just for you.
As Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 1: 2, "Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ," as you go about your life dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for the elderly parents in your family along with helping with the grandchildren.
P.S. Two Christian devotional books full of encouraging Bible verses and devotions to encourage you are Ninety Days of God's Goodness by Randy Alcorn and When the Hurt Runs Deep by Kay Arthur. These books are wonderful for all of us and can be a special blessing for those dealing with grief and loss issues.