Thou Art With Me

by Upper Room Editorial on Monday, February 13, 2017

Little did I know when I wrote my devotional that I would be experiencing God’s omnipresence in a very real way shortly after. 

My gracious mother (pictured here), who was also my best friend, was called home to heaven in the summer of 2015. My anchor, the one who helped me laugh at myself and who had always been there for me, was gone. 

Earlier that year, my strong and independent mother who lived on her own at age 86 was suddenly unable to care for herself. I moved in with her and began my journey down a path for which I felt completely unprepared and unqualified. Ready or not, I was hesitantly walking on a winding road paved with role reversal and caregiving.

I had always respected those who cared for the elderly, but I wondered how someone in such unfamiliar territory could handle all of that responsibility. I wasn’t a medical professional and didn’t know where to begin.

That’s when I began to feel God's presence--through a helpful visiting nurse, my workplace’s flexibility, the enduring moral support of my friends, the kindness of neighbors, and the consistent heartfelt prayers of my Bible study group.

And when I needed God most, during the long, lonely nights when I was too tired to pray, God was there.

How grateful I am to have known and experienced that God is everywhere all the time--not just in church on Sunday mornings. I'm even more grateful to know that my beloved mom is with him now and I’ll see them both someday. 

- Kay L. Campbell  

P.S.  If anyone has experienced the recent loss of a loved one, I highly recommend the faith-based grief support program GriefShare (https://www.griefshare.org/). It helped me more than words can express.

5 Comments

Comment by Donnie of Royston, GA

Wonderful followup to your devotion, Kay. I especially liked the sentence, "And when I needed God most, during the long, lonely nights when I was too tired to pray, God was there." Thank you for the photo of your mother and for your encouraging words of wisdom.

Posted February 13, 2017 at 05:52AM CST
Comment by patricia of laurelton, NY

Thank you Kay for sharing your testimony about God's presence with you especially during the last days of your mother with us. May she rest in peace. She was so beautiful and graceful. Be consoled. 😇😇😇

Posted February 13, 2017 at 06:55AM CST
Comment by Matt

Kay, I love that picture of your Mom on the horse, so cool. We have a picture of my grandpa as a young man with a team of horses getting ready to plow a field, what powerful & beautiful remembrances. Praise God for such wonderful people

Posted February 13, 2017 at 08:22AM CST
Comment by Robin of Bartlett, TX

Kay, obviously your mom was ahead of the times. This picture is perfection, no wonder you are so proud of her. I imagine she was a very interesting woman. Thank you for posting and sharing with us.

Posted February 13, 2017 at 10:25AM CST
Comment by Edd of Ocala, FL

Kay, sorry to hear about you mother. God bless you!!! God is Love for All!!!

Posted February 13, 2017 at 06:50PM CST