Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
“Carry me Grandma.” My youngest granddaughter reached up for me as she picked herself up for the umpteenth time. We were at the Rock Garden in the park and had been there a long time. The path was uneven and pitted with holes. She had struggled valiantly to keep up with the rest of the family. But this last fall was just too much for her.
Luckily, her daddy heard her request and bent down to scoop her in his arms. She laid her head on his broad shoulder, snuggled into his neck and said, “Thank you Daddy.”
This path that your family has chosen to walk is not an easy one – praying for Dad or Mom, showing unconditional love, waiting for the Lord to work. Sometimes circumstances seem to come one after another. Seems you have just picked yourself up from one stumble in a pothole when another one comes along. Hard to take sometimes, isn’t it? God never said the path would be easy, just that it would be worth it. And He never said you had to walk it alone.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
There may be moments on this journey when you have just had enough. When you think you can’t do it anymore. When one more step doesn’t seem possible. It was that way with my granddaughter. She just couldn’t do it anymore. And just like her daddy reached down to carry her, so our Heavenly Father reaches down to carry us. He wraps us in His loving arms and walks us through the obstacles. And He won’t put us down until we are strong enough to walk on our own once again.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. Isaiah 40:11
Jesus walks beside us and with us on our journey. Knowing this can help us persevere. Knowing that when we get weary, we have Someone to carry us makes all the difference. Maybe you can’t take that next step, but Jesus can.
This restoration path can be a scary place. It’s some place that you have never been before. There are new faces, new ways of doing things, maybe even a new place to live. And it all gets so confusing that sometimes we don’t know which way to turn. This is when we can reach up for our Daddy’s arms and say, “Carry me.”
“‘The Lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.’” Deuteronomy 1:30-31 (NLT)
Think about the Israelites in the wilderness. They were frightened, they were tired and they never would have made it on their own. But the Lord promised them that He would carry them until they reached their Promised Land. It’s the same promise He makes to you. You don’t have to do this all by yourself. You don’t have to be strong or brave or a mighty warrior. You just have to rely on your Abba Father. He will carry you.
The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever. Psalm 28:8-9
“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.” Isaiah 46:4 (NLT)
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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