Walking a Difficult Path with my Mother

A couple of years ago,  I was in the waiting room of my mother’s doctor’s office.  I was sitting with my mother.  We were there so she could have a full physical before moving into an assisted living facility.  Like most elderly parents, she was not supporting this move.  But, I knew that she could no longer live on her own safely.  And I had to walk with her on this difficult journey.

The wait in the doctor’s office seemed like an eternity.

My mother announced to me that she had decided that she was not going to move out of her home.  She was not planning on moving on.  .

At that point, I would have usually jumped in and said something.  But this time, something stopped me from speaking.

I waited a few minutes more and I took a deep breath.   Very quietly, I said I didn’t think that was going to work.  In my heart, I knew she needed support and care an assisted living place would provide.

Some more moments passed.  She was called in for her physical.  And two weeks later, she did move into her new place and out of her home.

God was with me that day in the doctor’s office.  I felt God’s hands on me.  God helped us to have a few minutes to catch our breath and feel his trust and presence.  We both needed God in those days of walking this difficult path together.

There are times in our life that we have to help someone make difficult decisions and to move on.  God made sure she was safe from that day forward.

Shared by Bonny Chopey

One response to “Walking a Difficult Path with my Mother”

  1. Such a very tender and touching story. Thank you, Bonny for sharing this time of listening for and responding to the gentle leading of the Lord. (Just this morning He reminded me of James 1:19:
    “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”)

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