Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
One of the challenges that people who have chronic pain is that you have to wait on others.
It’s all about waiting for life to move forward. It’s also about times when:
It really boils down to patience and trust.
We must trust that someone who said they would help us and never shows up, has a good reason why they didn’t arrive:
What can you do about it? Have a plan B. Have someone who can take you to appointments or shopping as a backup.
Yet, to those who are helping us, we must give them grace. Especially if they call you and let you know they won’t be able to help you that day. Maybe they can come another day to help. It’s just that they can’t help you that day.
Here are some tips from aplaceformom.com, in their article, “How to Maintain a Positive Relationship with Your Caregiver,” which provides us some tips on creating and maintaining a healthy relationship with a caregiver, such as addressing problems delicately. Problems will happen, whether it’s not showing up to work and not yelling at your caregiver. In addition, creating a safe environment, encourage and respect healthy boundaries, have a contingency plan for emergencies such as a sick child, but by developing backup plans for having someone else to step in temporally.
Also remember, we are also called upon to wait for the LORD. Be strong and take heart. Your caregiver may not have been able to take you for a ride. But God can find others who will step into their place and help you. Always have a backup plan.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.