Today I want to share a word of encouragement to the “caregiver”.
In the Scriptures we read about a man named Ziba. Many may not even know who he is.
Ziba was a caregiver, perhaps a manager of the affairs of Mephibosheth.
Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan.
Jonathan was the son of King Saul.
When David became king he wanted to show kindness to anyone left in Saul’s lineage for the sake of Jonathan, his friend.
Sometimes it seems overwhelming when we are the caregiver. Our loved ones need care and we step in. We can get very tired, run out of energy as we try to make those we love comfortable. We want to meet their needs and assure them that they are loved. We become their hands and feet; even the hands and feet of Jesus as we serve them!
If we are not careful we forsake our own well-being. We must take care of ourselves in order to be a good resource for another.
I love how the Lord through David honored this caregiver, Ziba. His responsibility was to take care of Mephibosheth who was crippled in both feet. When David took Mephibosheth under his care, into his palace, Ziba was also brought into the king’s presence along with his family. Everyone received the blessing; a time of refreshment and provision for all.
Don’t give up! God knows and he is the one that refreshes the weary.
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:42 )
Look for opportunities to help and be of service to the weak.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 )
Stay on your guard. Let’s not let our hearts become troubled or even bitter.
Sadly, later we read that Ziba fell into the sin of greed.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)