Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)
Last September, RBC began a new ministry called WeCare. The ministry was wrought in the hearts of Rebecca and Doug Collins following many years of giving constant care for Rebecca’s mother. Rebecca journaled her experience and published the work under the title, Diary of a Mad Care-Giver. It is a wonderful book and certainly encouraging for all who are experiencing the struggles of giving full-time care, or to prepare those who will in the future.
Our desire at WeCare is that the time would be a haven of rest and encouragement from the daily demands of care-giving. Most care-givers rarely get a break. They pour out their lives selflessly for a loved one and very often, to them, it seems no one really cares about them. It seems that no one really cares about their struggles with physical handicaps, doctor visits, cooking, and all that’s involved in daily living – not to mention the vast array of emotions that come into play. At WeCare we invite care-givers to come and enjoy a meal that they don’t have to fix! They can come and be strengthened and encouraged from the experiences of others and learn more of patiently trusting in our faithful God.
At WeCare, we desire to point these caregivers to the God who cares more than any of us ever could. From the text above, we see that the mark of humility is seen in the casting of our cares upon our Father. The main verb is “humble” yourselves. The participle, which modifies the verb, is “casting” your cares…” What do the humble do? They cast their burdens on the Lord! They trust the Lord with all their heart and lean not on their own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). They remove all trust in self-reliance and look to our Almighty Father. He is the One who cares for us! And like our text says, His hand is mighty! He can do all things! He grants abundant grace. He grants patience and peace. He provides strength for daily battles. We have His promise from His Word that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is wise and true and His love will never fail!
God is blessing this ministry! Even now God is opening up several doors for us. Some in other counties are asking if we could record the meetings because they simply have no other support. The need around us is urgent. There are many possibilities of service. Please invite all care-givers to join us on the first Friday of each month. Our next meeting is Friday, February 1, 12 PM, at the church. Those planning to come should R.S.V.P. with Rebecca Collins at 745-2942.
“When I thought, ‘My foot slips’, Your steadfast love held me up.
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”
– Psalm 94:18-19
So, dear caregiver, and all the RBC family, let us learn to cast our cares upon the Lord. He cares for you. Let His steadfast love hold you up. His consolations are sweet, so let them refresh your soul.