Our Father Carries Us

By Ruth Bell Graham   •   June 2, 2010

The young father walking on the beach lifted up his son to sit on his shoulders. Each leg firmly held in his father’s hands, the boy sat happily. He had a view that he otherwise could not have enjoyed.

And he was safe—safe from the blistering hot sand on the beach, the onrushing waves, the sharp shells or broken glass in the sand. He could go indefinitely without becoming tired. Sitting on his father’s broad shoulders, he wouldn’t have to run to keep up … it would be no problem.

As I watched them, I thought of Moses, who told the children of Israel: “The Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son” (Deuteronomy 1:31, NKJV). And God assures us, “Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you” (Isaiah 46:4, NKJV).

Being lifted up and carried securely is not just for little boys on beaches; it also is for those of old age, those with gray hair.

Seeing the father on the beach reminded me that there is One who lifts us up and carries us. He is our Heavenly Father Himself.

*Taken by permission from “Legacy of a Pack Rat,” by Ruth Bell Graham, ©1989 The Ruth Graham Literary Trust.

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  1. Mabel Komunda of Uganda says:

    The unexpected happens. there are times you wonder how you have passed through some tough times. the truth is that the hand of God cares. We all need God especailly at the time when we have no hope for the future and it all seems bleak. HE CARES

  2. Mabel Komunda says:

    God cares and is in Control all the time. God had done great miracles in my life. As i was feeling sorry for the passing on of my Mum last year, God showed me that some people lose their parents at birth. I had moms love for 50 yrs. Tx to God. Mabel

  3. Alice says:

    There are a lot of people out there in the world who do not know Christ and his love for us. My prayer is for all of them out there that the Holy Spirit will touch each heart and make them aware of the Truth. Amen

  4. Wis says:

    God is just too good to be always there for us, no matter how dirty we may be, blurred by all the cares and greed of life. amen. God is good!

  5. Emma says:

    It's amazing how God Loves us. My Life is a living testimony of how gracious our God has been. This Life is meaningless without allowing God to carry us on his shoulders. He has carried me through and through and i know he will continue carrying me. And it is my prayer that may someone out there allow God to carry them through whatever situation they are faced with. Know that God is more than ready to do that for you. BE BLESSED. Zambia

  6. Marie says:

    It is so assuring to know how much our Father in heaven loves us and that he will carry us no matter how old we are. Thank you for sharing this article.

  7. Peter Uganda says:

    In sin my mother conceived me. My sin was ever before me. I could do things my body instructed me to do. When realized that the sacrifice of God is a broken spirit and a contrite heart, God you lifted me up! and I became repentant everyday. The lovely God, you care indiscriminately.

  8. MABEL says:

    You have lifted me up. I was feeling as if God has not been caring enough. I now feel at Jesus. Even when things are not going well, like i have been looking for a scholarship for PhD for many years and failing, I now feel convinced that my Good Lord cares and is in charge. My sister Ruth Graham, REST IN PEACE. BLESS YOU. MABEL KOMUNDA. UGANDA

  9. Hiram Cooper says:

    We should be ever thankful for His presence in our lives. Without Him, we are lost.