Care-giving – A Season of Life

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

One morning I discovered a turtledove had built her nest in the crook of the downspout by the patio where I have morning coffee and quite time. As I watched her, she sat steadfastly on her perch and didn’t budge.

Morning after morning, that beautiful dove was there to greet me. We watched each other, each with a different purpose.

During our morning quite times, I watched this mama bird do one thing and one thing only – rest on her nest, warming and protecting her tiny eggs. She sat, undaunted, even when one day brought a violent storm that blew through with loud claps of thunder, crackling flashes of lightening, and pelting sheets of rain. On another morning as I was gazing at the Dove’s contented status, I pondered her situation. She was doing what God had made her to do for this season of her life, and she was content and intent in doing it. Regardless of storms or the stares of others, she did not move from her task.

If care-giving is now your calling, remember the contentment of the turtledove. God calls us to a constant, living relationship with Him through faith in Christ, our Savior. Through baptism, we are adopted into the family of believers and assured of eternal life in heaven. Now that’s contentment!!

Through this season in your life, God, is your caregiver, and He is there beside you. “Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10