"The Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place." Deut 1:31
The mental picture that springs immediately to mind is of a strong father, with arms wrapped around a worn out child. The strength of the father makes the child appear small and protected. This is a safe place. This is where the child wants to be.
And what is surprising about this text is what surrounds this scripture in Deuteronomy is a huge failing on the part of the Israelites. So close to their goal, and yet another setback as they rebel. And yet, this beautiful description of how the Lord will carried them, just as a man carries his son.
Where are you today? Are you in the middle of a challenging situation? Are you feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders? Wondering where the next infusion of strength will come from to make it the next part of your journey? Read the words of Deuteronomy 1:31 again and remember the Lord will carry you.