Sometimes you just need to be carried...

The most often memorized Psalm... maybe even the most memorized chapter of the Bible:  Psalm 23... beginning with verse one:
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. (KJV)

Shepherds cared for their sheep, knew them by name, kept them safe, and carried them when necessary.  Memories flood my mind of just a glimpse of  a picture I have pondered in my heart for many years.  Since Frank's family has been vacationing at the beach his whole life, it was a natural plan and a perfect fit for our family... and all of our children, and now grandchildren, LOVE the ocean.

Kellie was the only one of our four children who consistently napped twice a day, so our first summer with her at the beach, was a beautiful routine.  We hit the beach about 10:00 in the morning, set up our "camp", then Kellie and I began our morning stroll.  She was barely walking, but stubborn enough to long for her toes to be in the sand, so I would stay close as she giggled as the water just touched her.  Before long she began to tire,  so I would hold both hands as she splashed in the breaking waves just at the water's edge.  A little later her legs began to wobble, so those sweet chubby, little arms would reach up toward me ready to be carried.  I would scoop her up in my arms, humming a gentle tune, and shortly her head would rest comfortably on my shoulder.  Soon she was sound asleep, and I turned back toward Frank, who was waiting for us with the makeshift tent ready to slide into the perfect napping spot.  She didn't plan to be carried; she sure didn't start the walk expecting to be carried - she would, in her strong-willed mannerisms, let all know that she could handle the journey.  I would notice as she became a little frustrated if the water splashed in her face, but I waited.  Just now, I wonder when the most recent time, the Lord waiting for me to turn to Him, lifting my heart to HIS care.

From Isaiah 40:11, see this picture with me..
"He will feed His flock like a shepherd.  
He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to His heart.  
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young."

When I need to be fed... He offers nourishment...
When I need to be carried... He lifts me up.  
When I to be held close the His heart... He wraps His loving arms snugly around.
When I need His guidance in shepherding those around me... He offers gentle wisdom.

Whether today, you need to be fed, carried, held, or led, HE is ready, willing and able to provide.  Look to Him today.... He is our Shepherd.

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