One of the greatest joys I have is to carry my granddaughters in my
arms as we go exploring around the house. I will still gladly pick them
up in my arms carry and them around even when they start walking
because carrying them around is much more fun for the both of us!
this week's blog, I want to talk about how our Father carries us in
the same way. It is not only in the times when we fall down and scrape
our knee that He picks us up, but in reality He is carrying us all of
the days of our life!
Whether we are sitting on top of His
shoulders in the mountaintop experiences in our life or when we are
nestled close to His breast in our times of greatest sorrow, He is
always close and He is always holding us.
Just like little kids
who are working alongside their dad are oblivious that it is their
father that is actually doing the work, we often take credit for things
that our Papa is doing for us (and in us) while we are snuggled away
in His big strong arms.
In this week's focus Scripture from
Isaiah 46, the Lord reminds Israel that He has carried them from the
moment of their conception to their old age. There was never a day when
His abiding presence was distant and there was never a day when they
were left on their own to figure things out. Whether they were aware of
His nearness is another story.
Much of the Bible is filled
with reminders of who God is and the stories from previous generations
were meant to be passed down to encourage and strengthen believers in
the truth that God was closer than they thought. When Jesus said that
the truth would set us free (John 8:32), the Greek word for truth also
The more that we realize the reality of how
close our Heavenly Papa is to us through thick and thin, the more that
we will feel comforted in knowing that we aren't left to our own
devices. The more that we can sink into the reality that His strength
that carries us even in our greatest times of weakness, the less we
will depend on our own counterfeit strength to navigate through life (2
The truth is that it is His abiding
presence that rescues us over and over again from things that we aren't
even aware of. In Deuteronomy 1:30-31, Yahweh speaks to Israel as a
Father would speak to a son to remind them that is is actually His
ferocious Father's heart that protects and keeps them....
Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did
for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There
you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son,
all the way you went until you reached this place.” (NIV)
sure at times Israel felt like they were all alone especially in the
times of great opposition but the truth (reality) was that their God
and Father was carrying them the entire time! My prayer today is that
we would all be reminded that we are never living a life apart from the
big, strong arms of our Dad.
May we all have a fresh awareness
of how the Ancient of Days sees us as His little kids whether we are 2
or 92! From the moment of our arrival on planet earth, He is the one
who is carrying us and He is the one that will continue to rescue us
because He is an ever present help in our time of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
God's perspective, we are just helpless little lambs who need a Great
Shepherd to care for them. In light of this truth, may we stop
resisting our own weakness so that we can come to terms with the
reality of the gospel. We are just dumb little sheep who need the
goodness of our Shepherd to do for us the many things that we cannot do
The more that we embrace the glorious
simplicity and beauty of being carried by Almighty God, the less the
fear, anxiety, striving, etc. will have room to distract us from
enjoying our unique vantage point in the embrace of our Abba.
close your eyes, picture yourself in His arms right now and just sink
into his goodness in this very moment. The truth (reality) is that He is
carrying you whether you are aware of it or not.
Isaiah 40:11 He
tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and
carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.