I woke up the girls this morning to get them all ready for school. Emma was all sweet and groggy and asked me to carry her down the stairs. I picked her up and as I walked down the stairs she looked up at me and said, "You're a good carrier." It was sweet and cute coming from my little bed head.
I thought about that statement a lot as I went about my day. First, as just the sweetness it was and how encouraging she can be. Then, as I began to fret about my problems and fears it took on new meaning to me.
Last week was a tough week for me. I took anxiousness and worry to a whole new level. Not only worrying about today's problems, but next month, and even next year! I am sure I made life not too easy for my wonderful and long suffering husband!
It was no surprise to me that our pastor preached an entire sermon on not worrying and casting our cares on The Lord. I took it to heart and prayed for grace in that area. It's a daily battle.
So as I thought about me carrying Emma I felt The Lord say, "I'm a good carrier." That hit me pretty hard. Probably because it's a truth that I tend to ignore. He invites us to cast our cares on Him, to allow Him to carry the burden. It's not my responsibility to worry.
I kept thinking about this and it was very freeing for me and really gave me peace that I so desperately needed. Tonight I thought again and I remembered a word a friend spoke over me 10 years ago. Part of it specifically said that God was carrying me like a newborn baby in one of those harnesses on His chest: safe and secure and where I can see His face as He carries me.
I think of that from time to time, but it really took on a new light for me tonight. Amazing how someone who said something 10 years ago can still impact me now in new ways.
So, whatever it is you're dealing with today, God is bigger. He knows your worry and anxiety, and He is your answer. I leave you with a few scriptures to meditate on. Give your worries to God. He's a good carrier.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, 7 ESV)
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 ESV)
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22 ESV)