I have commanded the ravens to feed you there. 1 Kings 17:4
When Jerry Cox suffered a serious bilateral thalamic stroke, his wife, Lois, became his caregiver. She said, “For the first time in my life, I was forced to stop everything I was doing and focus on my God and the strength I now desperately needed to move forward. Over the next 22 amazing months of Jerry’s life, God worked with me, Jesus held my hand, and the Holy Spirit gave me inner strength…. My relationship with my Lord grew during those 22 months more than it had in the previous 70 years of my life.” Out of the experience, she wrote Caregiving with God, and her blog entries often contain her thanksgiving lists.
In a similar way, the Lord didn’t suspend the drought in the days of Elijah, but He did provide food for the prophet, delivered by ravens (1 Kings 17:6). Whenever we find ourselves by the Brook Cherith, the Lord will have ravens in one form or another to give us needed provisions.
We’re aware of our losses, but spiritual health depends on being thank-filled for the provisions God gives us even in difficult times.
God did not stop the struggles and affliction…. But He did draw me closer to Him every day.
Lois A. Cox
“Author Reflects on Impact of Caregiving for Her Husband and Resulting Renewed Faith in Debut Memoir,” StreetInsider.com, May 3,2021.