Walking back from the mail box, our conversation turned from noticing the beauty of the day in nature to my mom’s question about something from a recent doctor’s appointment. It’s the same question she has asked before. There is frustration in her voice as she realizes her memory is going. Knowing it doesn’t help to keep repeating the same explanation, I think about a different response. We stopped walking, I turned to face her and asked, “Mommy, do you trust me?” “Yes.” “I’ll look out for you, I’ll take care of you.” “I know.” I asked her if she could accept the fact that her memory is not good, rather than fight it. She seemed to relax more as we made our way back to the house. By the time we reached the front door, she was even smiling.
Reflecting on what had just happened made me notice my own fears and frustrations, and I hear His gentle whisper, “Bonnie, do you trust me?” “Yes.” “I’ll look out for you, I’ll take care of you.” “I know.” And then I smile. What a beautiful reminder of His promises and faithfulness. And, just like my mom, I feel more peace, more assurance, more loved.
Questions to Ponder:
- What fears might you have today that you can surrender to God?
- Where does He ask you to trust Him today?
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you, at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Heavenly Father, help me to recognize and name my fears. Then, help me to trust you with them for I know you care for me and you are trustworthy.” Amen.