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Carried

In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. (Isaiah 63:9 NIV)

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When our children were younger, they would often fall asleep in the car on the way home from an evening’s outing. My husband would carry them inside and lay them in their beds. Sometimes they would pretend to be asleep so they could be carried rather than walk the short distance from the car to the bedroom.

I remember doing exactly the same thing when I was a child. It feels so safe and comfortable to be carried rather than try to cope on your own and use your own energy to make progress.

There are times when we, as big as we are, need to be carried. When we are worn out, distressed or in pain, our loving Heavenly Father would love nothing more than just to pick us up and carry us. Then it is time to cease striving and snuggle into His strong and capable arms.

When we were at the beach recently, I was reminded of the well-known poem, “Footprints in the Sand,” by Margaret F Powers.

On Hibberdene beach

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”