Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hold YOU

When my daughter was tiny she would walk up, reach up her hands, and say "Hold YOU!" when she wanted to be picked up. I loved that she said "Hold YOU" instead of "Hold ME" (and hated when people tried to correct her because I knew that soon enough she no longer would say it!). I think that's how God wants us to approach Him- with our arms uplifted and stretched out, asking Him to hold us and trusting that He CAN and WILL carry us. And I don't know about you but I so often need Him to carry me. When I cry out to Him, he picks me up- burdens and all- no matter how heavy they are. He reminds us over and over again in scripture that He WILL carry us through difficult times- we just have to let Him.

Isaiah 46:3-4 reminds us of this:
“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." NIV
"I’ve been carrying you on my back from the day you were born, And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old. I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray. I’ve done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you.” The Message

No matter what happens today and how stinky it may be {because some days ARE super stinky}, it's just a single day- it won't last forever. God’s plan for your life far exceed the circumstances of this day. God promises that HE will carry you, sustain you, and rescue you. And what God promises? He always does.

That's my prayer for us today friends. That no matter what we face today, we thank the Lord for carrying, sustaining, and rescuing us through the ups and downs of life from our first breath on earth until our last. That we are able to thank Him for carrying us in the past so that we can look to the future with no fear- knowing that He WILL carry us- whatever the future may bring. That we remember that nothing in this world- no person, no job, no amount of money- compares to Him.