This morning I read Isaiah 49. The first few verses of this passage always make me smile, because my last name is "Born." And so when I read, "...before you were born, I called you," the words carry a double meaning for me. I'm always reminded that before I was Mrs. Born, even when I was just Linda, I was loved by the Lord. The same love of God that was with me from childhood carries me now. I am not lost in my roles of wife, mother, teacher, and caregiver; to Him I am loved uniquely and am specially chosen beyond any roles I fill.
For those of you who are feeling lost in your role as caregiver, I would encourage you this morning. The Lord's love for you is not bound to your service to others. He sees beyond your present station in life to the unique heart of you. To Him you are still the child you once were before the burdens you now carry became so heavy. The Lord sees your heartache, He understands, He weeps with you.
Caregiving is a temporary role that we will someday outgrow. Thank God for His strengthening and sustaining presence through all the times of our lives.
Scripture: "Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name... But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God” (Isaiah 49:1, 4).