“I am the vine and you are the branches…if you abide in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
How does your spiritual life feel these days? Are you on a mountaintop or are you in the desert? Do you feel energized and excited by worship when you are alone or with others, or do you feel uninspired and distracted? Does the Holy Spirit call you to scripture study each day, or does reading your Bible feel like an obligation or an imposition on your time?
Providing care for an aging loved one is hard work. Unlike professionals, Family caregivers usually don’t receive compensation, have difficulty taking time off, and may have a limited support system to backfill for them when their health or obligations take them out of action for a time. The pressure of managing a caregiving journey could leave you feeling empty, lonely, hopeless, angry, overwhelmed, and a whole host of other emotions.
Jesus knew that the disciples were going to experience all of these emotions in the days ahead when he spoke with them about being the vine in John 15. He was giving them hope before they even knew they needed it! He wanted them to remember that He was their source of energy, strength, and productivity. He wanted them to continue on their mission, to bear fruit, even after He was gone from their sight, and He wants to have a vibrant, living relationship with each one of us today. His love for us is overwhelming, extravagant, and always sufficient for our needs. He promises that if we remain in Him we will bear much fruit. As a family caregiver, the fruit we bear (Galations 5:22-23) is truly all we need to thrive in our role of nurturer and provider for those who depend on us.
We all go through spiritual deserts when it’s hard to get excited about much of anything related to our faith walk, but Jesus will never leave us or forsake us and as we keep on crying out to our Savior, He will carry us to the mountaintop of His love again and again. Dwell with Him and He will renew your strength and restore your hope each day. Cling to Him through personal worship, corporate worship, and scripture study. Rest in His arms and find revival.
Chris and I hope you’ll join the conversation this week at Heart of the Caregiver and share your heart about finding spiritual renewal while caregiving.