|March and April
are wonderful months. St. Patrick's Day and Easter bring cheerful
images of pastel colors and sunshine. The bright, Kelly green, Irish
shamrock is not just about leprechauns and good luck. The shamrock
represents God in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy
Spirit. Even the "lion and lamb" idea of March winds comes
from scriptural references in the book of Revelation. April is a great
relief to the winds of March. The light rain showers refresh us and
settle the land making it ready for the new birth about to take place.
When the sun
breaks through the clouds after an April shower, another God-given
image - the rainbow - appears. It is an awe-inspiring moment when
we first see a rainbow. As it appears in the sky in colorful transparent
splendor, we know that God is looking at it too and is remembering
His promise to us. He has given the rainbow to us as a sign - not
that He might forget His promises, but to reassure us that He remembers.
As we go about
our daily lives trying to meet the heavy demands of caregiving,
it helps to have clear reminders of God's love and attention. The
suffering that oppresses our families can drown our cheerfulness.
I remember a particularly bad flare-up in my husband's illness when
severe leg cramps would disable him and leave his legs sore and
painful for days. The seizures were frightening, especially to my
children, and it was hard to remain calm even though I knew that
the episodes were not life-threatening.
like this, our hearts beg God to remove our loved one's illness
even while our heads know that it will not go away. There is a final
image of April that enables us to cope with this reality. The Easter
lily reminds us that we have a risen Savior who has defeated suffering
and death. He has promised us the same victory if we are faithful
to Him. It is a promise filled with hope, joy and reward. So, during
March and April, let the images of shamrocks, rainbows and lilies
reassure you of God's presence and abiding love.
has been in a care giving role since 1982 when her husband began
his life-long struggle with pain due to a bone disease. Lora welcomes
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