Carried Away

24 10 2011

There is the neatest picture tucked into the pages of Deuteronomy. Talking to a people standing on the edge of the Promised Land, Moses paints a detailed picture of the way God has moved among them, called them to be His own, and protected them in the wilderness.

“And in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.” – Deuteronomy 1:31

Do you see it? There is an everlasting picture of God painted in those words. He carries His beloved as a man carries his son. In those words we see a portrait of God’s heart. It is a father’s heart. A heart determined to provide everything His son needs. A heart intent on protecting His children and giving them His best. A heart deliberate about intimacy, connection, and joy.

In the picture of a son being carried in his father’s arms, we catch a glimpse of ourselves. Children love to be carried by their dads. There is nowhere more safe, more secure, or more filled with delight than resting in a father’s arms.

A father lifts his child from the ground and everything changes. Perspective is broadened, loads are lifted, weariness fades, and peace settles in. I love how expansive this picture in Deuteronomy is. God carried you all the way. Nestled next to His heart, He bore the burden of the journey and brought us to Himself.

My Jesus Resolution today is to rest in my Father’s arms. He is willing to lift me up, hold me close to His heart, and carry me all the way. In His arms, I can find a sense of calm that can be found in no other place. From His arms, I can see the world differently. I am not going to try to walk in my own strength, by my own wisdom, or following my own direction. I am going to let myself be carried away by my Father.


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