O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. Psalm 83:1
I still remember what it felt like to receive the dreaded diagnosis of Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. After nearly 15 months of testing, scans, blood work, and countless trips to the neurologist, I received the diagnosis which left me feeling helpless, lost, and hopeless. I cried out to God seeking His help and wondering why He didn’t respond immediately. Like today’s passage states, I wanted God to not keep silent, to not be quiet, and to not be still.
I suppose, in my earthly senses, I thought God just wasn’t responding. Of course, nothing could have been further from the truth. God wasn’t still, He wasn’t quiet, and He wasn’t silent. Just because I couldn’t hear Him didn’t mean He wasn’t talking and taking action. The truth be told, He was busy preparing the perfect path I needed to follow and working to get my attention to follow it. His plan included:
- Getting me connected with the Alzheimer’s Association
- Getting me enrolled in a clinical trial
- Guiding me to a great psychologist to have someone to talk with
- Helping me retire early from a very stressful job which would make my journey with this disease so easier
- Preparing me to give up driving when I could no longer safely drive
- Teaching me to be content at home
- Giving me purpose for my life with this disease.
As you can see, God was not still after my diagnosis nor was He silent. He was actively preparing my perfect path and teaching me to trust in Him.
Perhaps you are struggling with your diagnosis of dementia and wondering if God is just being silent, quiet, and still. Well trust me when I say, He isn’t! He hears your plea for help and is reaching out to you. All you need do is trust in Him and seek His perfect plan for your life with this disease. Somehow, He will prepare that perfect path and work to get you on it. All you need do is be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).