“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion…
I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.
Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth…
O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.” (Select verses from Psalm 71).
My mom gave me a glimpse into her world of dementia at eighty-eight years of age. Her world consists of a beautiful young lady laughing and singing on an old fashioned wagon hayride drawn by horses, fun at the softball field with her lanky boyfriend, and families enjoying picnics on the church grounds.
Where did they all go in such a short time?
When the past fuses into the present, the teenager in a moment ages to eighty-eight. The home she grew up in looks nothing like the house she now lives in. Memories and the present swirl in a world of now, making no sense. In her words, “It’s like a long dream.”
Won’t you pray for her?
Mom longs to go home – home to her mom and dad; home to her lanky boyfriend that became her husband; home where her best Friend and Redeemer wait for her.
Only a week ago, in a lucid, Spirit-filled moment, we sat on my front porch. She glowed with peace and joy. One hand reached heavenward and a rarely seen radiant smile graced her face as she spoke to my daughter and me.
“I’m ready anytime Jesus wants to take my hand and take me home where I’ll be with Him forever. He could even come today.”
I believe Jesus may have answered her with the following words.
“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I am, there ye may be also.” (Heb. 13:5b; John 14:1-3).
One day, Jesus will reach His hand and take hers in His. Until then, He will walk with her through her long dream until she reaches her destination. He will never leave or forsake her. Even now He walks the way with His hand in hers by faith. One day faith will give way to sight. Thank you, Jesus!