Modern Day Samaritan Woman
FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY
When time permits I join a group of writers for Five Minute Friday, hosted by Kate Motaung. Every week we write for five minutes after receiving a one word prompt. No editing or over thinking involved….Just writing for the love of writing. For more information please visit Kate Motaung at Heading Home.
The word for this week is:
Does it really matter in the long run who brings the bacon home? In the flurry of life and work and endless chores, I recently had to stop and consider again what truly matters.
How easily do I become distracted by the busyness of life?
Like a crow chasing the shiny and losing track in the process. My brain never resting, plotting, planning, running ahead with my to do lists…stomach churning with anxiety as the day is too short and there are so many things to accomplish.
Yet… in the brighter scheme of things…despite the heartbreak and bottomless grief involved in caring and loving someone with Alzheimer’s there is a small flicker of a “bright side”, something I am frankly stunned to be writing about…because I never realized it until I said it…
When I attempt to view things from my mother’s perspective…and gaze into her beautiful but vacant eyes (I really want to know what she is thinking) I notice that she no longer has the faintest interest in curious people, places, things, money, or even what’s on television.
She operates solely on human contact, silly smiles, and tiny pats on her hands, small gestures made by her caregivers, parts of songs and scriptures and the treats that are pressed into her hands for her to enjoy.
The simple things in life.
The stuff that truly matters.
The chuckles and giggles from yesterday…the cause no longer remembered, only the warmth and joy they brought.
Her fast paced, active, busy body life is now reduced to hour after hour of staring into space…She no longer frets about “who is bringing the bacon home or whether there is bacon?”…She doesn’t even think about the “bacon” at all.
She truly, in every respect is resting in Our Fathers care… a living example of His providence and provision of us, His Children.
This thought has reminded me once again that ALL provision comes from our Father in Heaven…He knows our needs and He cares for us in every way. He provides the “bacon” for our daily needs and it really doesn’t matter who is bringing the bacon home because it all originates with Him anyway.
The Cure for Anxiety
25 “Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?27 And who of you by worrying can add one [a]hour to [the length of] his life?28 And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing],29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’32 For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,]for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Do you sometimes find yourself fretting about things you cannot change anyhow? Are there challenges in your life that are threatening to overwhelm you?
Perhaps we should both just spend some time reflecting on the above mentioned versus and find the peace that comes with realization that “He has got the whole World in his Hands”. He will provide the “bacon” in whichever form is required at the right time.
*Hugs* till next time.