Come Quickly

Yet I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay. Psalm 70:5

This past weekend was marked with difficult days filled with fogginess, unsteadiness, confusion, and a complete lack of focus and concentration. Of course, this is to be expected when struggling with Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As we all know, there will be good days and “not so good days” as we journey down this dementia road.

However, today I am strictly sticking to my daily routine which brings comfort, confidence, and consistency during a foggy day. On difficult days like I’ve experienced this past weekend, I realize how much I depend on the Lord and my beloved wife who compassionately care for me. They watch over me, keep me safe, and help me when I’m not sure exactly what to do.

Today’s passage from the Psalms is a perfect passage for those difficult days we often experience with dementia. In this passage, David petitions the Lord to come quickly to his aide (as he so often did) and earnestly pleads that God doesn’t delay. David recognized that the Lord was his help and his deliverer during all the difficult days he faced in his life. Isn’t David’s prayer just the perfect petition for the difficult days we face when dealing with the demands of dementia?

If you are struggling today because the fog of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia has set in, use today’s Psalm passage as your petition to the Lord for help. He will surely hear your prayer and come quickly to keep you safe, secure, and satisfied as you persevere through the fogginess. How do I know this? Because God has been faithful to me during my difficult days even when I have not been completely faithful to Him.

Like David said; when we are poor and needy, let us seek the Lord to come quickly to our aid and not to delay. Remember, He loves you dearly and longs to be your help and your deliverer during your difficult days. Seek Him today and do it quickly!

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2 Responses to Come Quickly

  1. Art says:

    Hi Paul – Whether it’s an example of great minds thinking alike (or perhaps just stumbling in tandem) or coincidence, I also had a difficult weekend. I slept well and long, but still was very foggy. Saturday I drove to the usual Lowe’s to pick up something for a project, taking a route I’d taken twice last week. Part way there, I suddenly realized that I didn’t have a clue where the Hell I was or how to get where I was going. After a minute or so my confusion passed just as quickly, I regained my bearings, and found my way.

    My EOAD symptoms still haven’t progressed very far, but every so often I get a glimpse of my future.

    One of the songs we sang in church yesterday was “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher. The refrain was particularly meaningful for me:

    Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
    Every hour I need You
    My one defense, my righteousness
    Oh God, how I need You

    • paul says:

      Hey Art, perhaps we are just stumbling together in tandem! I have experienced the same situation you did on similar trips before (to the bank, the grocery, or hardware store). I would have to pull off the road and wait a 5-10 minutes and eventually my bearing was regained. Finally, because of these frequent episodes and other driving incidents, I voluntarily decided to give up driving and stay around the Hornback Homestead. Of course this didn’t happen till about 5 years after my diagnosis.
      I love the song you sang in church and it is quite meaningful to me as well. I certainly need Him every hour and He is my one defense!
      God bless, Paul

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