The purpose of my “inevitable but necessary” sabbatical from blogging was necessary to go to Tucson, Arizona. My brother asked me to help him manage our uncle’s personal and financial affairs. My uncle requires 24/7 care in an adult care facility. He’s 88 and in failing health.
For a month my brother and I chased down helpful information from professionals and trusted advisers. The mountains we were climbing seemed insurmountable at times. Every time we got an answer to a question we had, the answer generated more questions.
After much prayer and phone calls and meetings and emails, and hurrying up to wait, and surrendering to God every day, Sam and I agreed upon the decision we thought would be best for our uncle. Our recommendation involved major life changes for our uncle and continued work on our part.
The day we agreed to share our recommendations with our uncle I asked a few trusted friends and family to pray this prayer: “Please pray today that our uncle will be receptive to our recommendations for his personal and financial care going forward.”
We were not totally confident he would accept our recommendations. The life changes we were recommending were major and would change his life and alter his lifestyle for good.
Not only was our uncle receptive to our recommendations, he entrusted us with his permission to do whatever we thought was best. He said, “I’ll leave everything up to you two,” he told us.
I can’t begin to wrap my arms around the measure of relief and gratitude I felt for God’s provision and the grace He showed us in His answer to our simple prayer. And as the answer came my brother and I both felt the peace that passes all understanding.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the
peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:67