Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed - not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence - continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
For most of my life, I haven't had issues with sleeping soundly through the night and waking up at a bright and early time in the morning. The past few years, but this last one in particular, I find myself rousing up in the night, sometimes repeatedly, to use the bathroom. Is that simply something to be expected when one turns sixty? :) The good news is, I'm always able to lie right back down, snuggle under the covers, and fall fast asleep again.
I spend the last two weeks with my mother as she, at long last, is released from rehab after suffering a fractured right femur. She requires 24/7 occupancy in the house by a family member to make sure she can navigate, protected, from pillar to post. We decide early on to use our cell phones to communicate during the night should she need assistance in getting out of and back into bed when nature calls.
I hear the calls and immediately leap out of my bed in the adjacent room to hasten to her. Once I tuck her back into bed and return to mine, both of us, thankfully, are able to doze off peacefully into the land of dreams.
After my first night spent in Mom's home, reality hits. All my moments of nocturnal awakenings, yet being able to regain soothing sleep, was God's way of training me, preparing me to meet my mother's needs down the road.
To fulfill His good purpose.
For God is good, all the time.
Have you ever cared for an aging parent or loved one?
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for guiding us in all our endeavors and leading us along the paths You have so lovingly created for us. May all our actions reflect Your will and fulfill Your good purpose for our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray, amen.