DayBreaks for 10/05/20 – Being Carried

It was so long ago but I will never forget how precious it was to carry my children! I even have vague memories of being carried by my father’s strong arms when I was little. There is nothing quite as sweet as when a little child wraps their arms around your neck, puts their head on your shoulder and snuggles in.

There were times after our second and third children came along that I’d be carrying a couple of them while my wife carried another. I must confess that by that time they were getting older…and heavier!…and that at times it was hard to carry them for a long time.

A little child has no conception of the fact that they are making your arm muscles burn until they hurt! They don’t think about the reality that the parent is carrying their full weight. All they know is that they are being held, and carried, and they feel safe.

We are told that we have a Father that carries us (Ps. 68.19, NLT2): Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. But here’s a key difference between how God carries us and how I carried my children (Dt. 33.27a, NLT2): The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.

You see, my arms got weary and tired, but God’s almighty and everlasting arms will never tire of carrying us! He won’t have to put a single one of us down to regain his strength. And many have been the times when he was carrying us and we were unaware of how he bore our weight and did all the work for us.

There is also a commonality between my carrying of our kids and God’s carrying of us: it is a delight to the father to carry his kids!

Are you weary? Struggling to even stand let alone move forward? Run to God, let him pick you up, feel his massive almighty and everlasting arms underneath and around you, rest your head on his shoulder…and find peace!

PRAYER: Thank you for carrying us and holding us close to your heart, inviting us to run to you for peace! In Jesus’ name, Amen.Copyright 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 1/27/16 – Carry Them Forever

DayBreaks for 1/27/16: Carry Them Forever

From the DayBreaks archive, January 2006:

Scripture: Ps 28:9 – Save your people!  Bless Israel, your special possession!  Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them forever in your arms.

I love the imagery of being carried forever in the arms of someone as loving, kind and strong as the Lord.  It reminds me of when I was very small and my own dad would carry me, or of how I felt when I carried my own little ones in my arms.  No one was going to take them from me against my will – I would fight fiercely for them or die for them if necessary. 

But now that I’m grown up, I internally sustain the notion that I’m not supposed to be carried any more, that I’m supposed to be a “big boy” and walk on my own two feet.  How foolish!  How much better off we’d be if we allowed Jesus to carry us!!!  And that’s the image the Psalmist presents to us. 

I realize that I need to become more humble in all aspects of my life.  I must surrender my human pride that causes me to think that I can wrestle with life’s problems all by myself.  How foolish to think that I have the strength that is necessary!  I must get over the thinking that says I’m smart and intelligent enough to figure out the answers on my own.  And as a man, I must get over the “gender barrier” about being held in the arms of another male – even one was powerful and strong as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  In many more things I need to ask His guidance and wisdom before making decisions that may seem right to me, for I fear and know that far too many of the decisions I make on my own are wrong and misguided. 

Lord, pick me up!  I’m ready! 

TODAY’S PRAYER:  We thank you, Lord Jesus, for Your leadership.  We thank you that when we get too tired, or too confused, or when we’re hurting too badly to walk on our own, that you take us in Your arms and you carry us to places of rest and safety.  Let us not lean to our own understanding or trust in our own strength, for we shall surely fail if we do so.  Help us instead to run to You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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