INSPIRING THE CHURCH | DAY 11.

Author : Dolores

‘Even to your old age and grey hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you, I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you

and I will rescue you.’ (Isaiah 46:4 NIV)

‘I’m praying and it’s not even working,’ was the despairing cry from my friend, Heather. Surgery the previous year to remove a

fist-sized sarcoma tumour from her back, thankfully, had removed all the cancer but had left her with chronic pain and left-sided

weakness, leading to job-loss, financial worries, spiralling depression, anxiety and sleepless nights over what the future might hold.

‘Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you.’ (Psalm 55:22 NIV).

But what if you are casting your burden on the Lord, you’re crying out in frustration and it seems like ‘it’s not even working’. You even come armed with scripture, yet nothing in your circumstances seems to be changing? Often in our lament, we just want God to fix things and to make life normal and comfortable again quickly. God never promised that if we pray, He will deliver us out of those seasons of hardship but He does promise to sustain us through them. He is more concerned that we discover Him, His presence, His peace and His sustaining power right in the midst of our difficulties.

Isaiah 46:4 reminds us that He who made us will be careful to watch over what He has made. In the ever-changing seasons of life, He remains the same. From infancy right through to old age, He will never leave us. He will see us safely to the end. This promise is for the righteous, those who have put their trust in Jesus. Serving in seniors’ ministry, the frailty of life is obvious. It’s actually a two-way ministry because our seniors have lived and lost, but in and through it all, they know the faithfulness of their God. They may have grey hair but they have souls and they have stories. Yet nowhere are we ministered to more than in the nursing homes at end of life. It’s here we are so confronted with our own mortality and the consequences of the fall and our own personal need for a Saviour. What a blessing it is to see these saints rise up on the inside to the sound of their favourite hymns as they once again remember their Creator. Even though their bodies andminds fail them, He never will, He will carry them home.

Heavenly Father, today I recognise that you who hold the world in your hands are also holding me. I will take shelter under the

shadow of your wings and rest in your sustaining love and grace. Help me to take my eyes off my own struggles and to seek out

opportunities to serve and to love on others who may be going through difficulties.

Today I choose peace, for you are my peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.