All of you dad’s out there in the reading audience I’m sure can relate to this memory. Your child is around 3 or 4 years old and it’s a beautiful day for a walk down the road or at the park. At first you take your child’s hand but it doesn’t take you long to realize that you are doing more dragging of your child then you are walking with you. So what did you do? I’m sure more than once you did what I did; I would pick him or her up, swing them up over my head and balance them behind my neck with their legs draped over my shoulders. What a fun way for a child to hitch a ride, not to mention how much fun it was for me as a dad.
That’s the image I got as I read the following verse in our reading today. Deuteronomy 1:31 reads, “And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place.” The context of this verse is how God was on the side of the nation of Israel and essentially fought and won their battles for them. Thus the picture of God carrying His chosen people “as a man doth bear his son.” What neat imagery!
And certainly the application applies to us today as well. While believers don’t necessarily replace the Jewish nation in all OT examples, certainly our loving heavenly Father is involved in carrying His children in much the same way. And putting it in perspective with the challenges our nation faces right now, in a time of physical health and financial instability, we might be tempted to take our eyes off of the One in charge and instead be weight down in a sea of worry and despair. But no, especially in these troubled times, our God wants us to know that He wants to be there for us and carry us through these troubled waters. What a sense of rest and peace we can have knowing what a wonderful Heavenly Father we have!