Caring for Someone Else

Caring for Someone Else

I’m still speaking about Pauline’s comment. She asked, “Would [commonsense and God’s care] include taking care of others — would it be better to just give them over to our Shepherd and pray for/with them?” This is such a good question. Remember in the post My Body is His Body how I gave this aside, “I wonder which was more challenging, being sick or watching someone I love be sick?” I think witnessing someone I love go through an illness is often more difficult. You feel utterly powerless in caring and in fact, you are. The only power we have is to go to the Shepherd in prayer.

Caring for Another

Caring for Another
Yet I can’t tell you how painful it can be when someone tries to care for or help you in willful, even well-intending flesh. It sucks life rather than gives it. But when we simply surrender to the Shepherd, and follow His lead, giving even a cup of cool water can be eternal. Our Shepherd cares for us and through us for others.

If you remember back to my example of going numb, if Martha had responded in logic, it would have perpetuated fear in me. Christ’s stability in her ministered the Father’s mind about the scenario. The fact will always remain, we don’t know His mind about our care unless we seek His face. I have personally been the sole support of another, as well as relegating my care to prayer alone.

The Crux of Caring

The Crux of Caring
Pauline’s comment is the crux of the issue. There is no commonsense to our care; there is only His mind and Will. I can’t say this is not a difficult reality because it will rub against every fearful, self-preserving bone in our bodies. Utter dependence on God tests our actual faith in God—and our belief in who He is.

The practical working out of caring for self is that we are kept. Daily or moment-by-moment, surrender is the only way we can live this out. This is not uncommon to other areas of the Christian life. We were made to be dependent on a loving Shepherd and an Abba Father.

From day one, our design was for reliance not independence. This covers every base and every aspect of our lives.

You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon Him, for you are His personal concern.
1 Peter 5:7 PHILLIPS

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    • Pauline

      Thank you, John. This is a new understanding that Father is imparting to me through the wisdom He has given you.
      If we were completely confident in Father’s mind and will; His unchanging love, it would definitely change the way we walk.
      Rather than: “let me call . . .,” “why don’t you try . . .,” “let’s pray and bind Satan,” (which could be viable options, if we FIRST seek God’s face), if we supported and lived the reality that Father is walking with us and cares about every detail of our lives, we would [should] be able to, by the Holy Spirit’s power, move ahead — according to what He says — without fear.
      I’m thankful that, once again [can’t mention it too often], you have encouraged surrender and dependence on God — and yes, I’m finally seeing that it is choice by choice, moment by moment, day by day — because in this posture we can know that “He goes with you, behind you and before you with His hand of blessing.” (Paraphrase of Ps. 139:5)
      So, I’m choosing to claim and rest in this truth that you have expounded on, asking God to “work in me to will and to do.”
      Love you, John.

      • shulamite

        Standing with you Pauline! This revelation is so huge, it is crushing and encouraging me. It’s not an easy go but it is His perfect plan for us. Thank you for receiving it! Love you Pauline, John

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