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Have you ever noticed that sometimes God takes us the long way? It may not be the way we planned, or the way we wanted to go, but eventually we realize it’s always the best way. Often it’s a way that ministers to others as well as ourselves, which makes us caregivers especially happy.
Some examples that spring immediately to mind include Moses, Joseph, David, and Paul. Moses wound up having to trudge through the desert for 40 years and didn’t even make it to the Promised Land here on earth, but you know he’s happy now in heaven! If Joseph hadn’t gone through captivity, slavery, and prison, he and his whole family would have died from starvation.
When David was first anointed as the new king, I bet he didn’t envision years of running from Saul, messing up so bad with Bathsheba, or having the issues he did with his kids. Yet God used him and his family as part of Jesus’ ancestors. Once Paul became a Christian, I be he wished A LOT that he hadn’t been so awful to Christians. And, considering his personality, he probably didn’t expect to spend quite so long in private teaching time with the Lord. But oh, aren’t we glad he, and all the others, went through what they went through so we could learn so much from them!
Just think, thanks to all of David’s trials and tribulations we have the wondrous book of Psalms, where we are reminded,
“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. Remember, O Lord, Your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to Your love remember me, for YOU ARE GOOD, O Lord.” Psalm 25:4-7
Awesome words, an awesome God, and awesome testimonies from men of God who went before us to show us that, while our paths may seem circuitous and strange, God’s paths are wonderful and GOD IS GOOD! That’s good news for all of us Sandwich Generation caregivers and grandparents!!!