• Jill Jarrell Newsome

I Will Carry You

Growing up if we were not on the salt water, we would go to my grandparents who had a place at White Lake. All of the relatives just showed up bringing boxes of fresh tomatoes, silver queen corn and other vegetables. People would sleep everywhere including the porch! There was always so much fun and laughter! We stayed in the water the whole time. Mom would let us play all day Sunday, of course we had a community "lake" church under a shade tree, sitting at picnic tables or lawn chairs. By the time we got in the car on Sunday nights we were tired - Mom knew what she was doing! It was about an hour ride home and I would be out in the first five minutes! I would wake up in my bed the next morning. My dad would have carried me in and tucked me in my bed. I remember as I got older wishing someone could still carry me when I was so tired. You and ,I still, have someone to carry us when we are tired!

Matthew 11: 28, "Come to me,all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

God is asking us if we are tired? Are we weary? Are we overwhelmed? Are we broken? Are we uncertain? Are we frustrated? If so, these are the times that we are to seek Him. He said, "come to me." No wonder He calls the weary, overwhelmed, broken, uncertain and frustrated. He knows that in these times we are vulnerable - absent of pride and we will seek Him. We will "come to Him" and He can do His sacred work. We were never meant to do this life without Him. We do not have the strength for it. We desperately need Jesus every day to have joy and hope in our lives. He promises us rest and peace for our souls even when we are weary and tired.

Until recently, everyone seemed like they were running, pushing some of our most important parts of our lives on the back burners. Our world has been made to slow down which has caused anxieties for many. While many blessings come with the slowing down, there are many uncertainties about health, jobs, finances, schooling, etc. Again, it is too much for us to do on our own. 1 Peter 5: 7, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." Pride makes us think we can handle everything on our own. We don't need God. Jesus said that without Him we can do nothing. Whatever is a burden to us, troubling us, causing concern or worry, we are to cast or throw over to God. We are not setting it aside we are casting it - getting rid of it. That humbles us, knowing that we need God and we know He will work it all out for the best. Only when we trust Him will we have peace - even if the problem still exists. Proverbs 3: 5, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding..." Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. Isaiah 40: 31, "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

And one of my favorites is Isaiah 46: 4, "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." He will be our God through our whole life! He will take care of us! And He will carry us when we are tired!


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