Several times in the past week I’ve read Scriptures that refer to God’s carrying us. The concept’s been a huge blessing as I’ve meditated on it. It puts a visual image in my mind—a picture of Jesus cradling me against His shoulder. I’m safe in His arms. Protected. Cherished. Secure.
Perhaps that’s how my two-year-old grandson felt this weekend. We were celebrating a family member’s birthday, and it so happened that a new dog had recently joined that household. The dog, an 11-month-old black Retriever, stood as tall as my grandson. She was an incredibly gentle animal, but her presence scared Caleb. More than once, when the dog came too close for his liking, Caleb ran to me with his arms outstretched. He calmed the moment I scooped him up and held him close. He felt protected and safe.
The concept of God carrying us also makes me think about how He helps us navigate life. Sometimes our path takes us through dark valleys or along a treacherous mountain ridge. Sometimes we follow it, one step at a time, not knowing where it will lead. So long as we’re in His arms, we needn’t be afraid of losing our footing or taking the wrong direction. He carries us, and all will be well.
Isaiah 46:3,4 says “Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel. I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.”
Beautiful words, they are. What image do they bring to your mind, and how do they apply to your life today?
(BTW, this concept of God carrying us has so deeply impressed me that I wrote more about it in my monthly newsletter, “Growing with Grace.” It’s scheduled to come out later today. If you wish to subscribe, you can do so on my website homepage or leave a comment here requesting to be added to my mailing list.)