Monday, August 4, 2014
Running on Fumes!
The details are unique to your situation. I don't have a special needs child in my home. I do have a mother who lives many states away with rapidly advancing Alzheimer's. I am certainly not on the frontlines involved in her care. But, I do a LOT of care-giving! That's what most of my life is about. That's especially hard when there are only fumes in the tank. So, I get that part!
As a pastor's wife, I can't hide from people needs. My heart won't let me! Believe me that I have LOTS of stories of care-giving over the years. Some of them are pretty messy! Some are short; some are VERY long! Often there is no one else to help shoulder the need for even a little while! And, always there's that running on fumes thing!
People talk about boundaries - healthy ones! That's great, but once you or I are signed on for duty especially care-giving, there are few options beyond just doing what needs to be done even when you're running on fumes! Tired is a reality but quitting or just checking out to rest may not be an option for many care-givers. The needs that require care-giving don't take a vacation! They just keep coming day in and day out.
I don't have the answer for the running on fumes thing! And, I have struggled for 5 days with how to end this post! That's how low I am running on fumes! THEN this morning it came to me: even Jesus came to the running on fumes part. That was when He knew He had to recharge/refill so He would trudge off and up a mountainside to be alone and pray! He didn't have disposable time to go on a retreat or something. People needs pressed Him on every side all day every day! He sacrificed more and went without sleep to get alone and pray! But, the end result was that His Father supplied the fumes problem every single time. He will do the same for me and you!