Sometimes You Just Want to Be Carried

Our Chihuahua mix, Skipper.

More Walking Lessons from Skipper

Just a short walk before dinner we said when we pulled into the campground. We had been in the car all day and a little stroll before dinner would do us good. We leashed the dog and set out. Two hours and almost four miles later we finally made it back to our camp spot . . . exhausted.

Poor little Skipper. To the legs of a very small Chihuahua mix dog, it must have seemed like a million miles. He was a champ most of the way, but when my feet grew weary, I knew he had to be spent.The rough path and the distance became too much for him. He looked at me and pleaded for relief.

Haven’t we all been there? The road ahead seemed smooth and easy when we started out. Our trail around the lake was exactly that. It was easy and level, but much of it was hidden from our view by the twists and turns it took along the way. We had no idea how long it would take us. When we thought surely, we would turn back in the direction of our trailer, it took us farther away. Even the beauty that surrounded us could not erase the fatigue we began to feel near the end.

At one point, my husband asked if he could take a turn carrying the dog, I told him, “No, but can you carry me?” Lol! I could just picture it. The dog in my arms and I slung over the shoulder of my hubby is a funny picture, for sure. But as silly as this might seem, God is willing to do this very thing each day of our lives.

“Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms.”

Psalm 68:19 NLT

Our lives are filled with many responsibilities, one of which is being there when others need help. The whole loving your neighbor is wrapped up in this idea. Galatians 6:2 tells us to “carry one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  But what happens when the path seems too long or there are events you did not anticipate that leave you wondering if you can make it?

God happens. He carries us.

I have always envisioned this verse to be just about me and my troubles. A tad self-focused, I know, but I now have a new perspective since our walk around the lake. Just as my concern was for our short-legged dog, my concern should be for others. A big task until I remember Who is actually doing the carrying.

A well-known children’s song comes to mind that most of us are familiar with—He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Let’s not shy away from helping others. God’s got this. I am now picturing riding right upon God’s big shoulders, pointing out the sights to those I carried up there with me and telling them, “Isn’t He amazing?”

“He’s got you and me brother in His hands.”

Laurie London

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Patty, what a beautiful picture of God’s grace. When our lab was older, she’d get tired, and sometimes we had to go get the car to carry her home. She was too heavy for me. I think there is an analogy in there too.

    1. Patty Schell says:

      I think so too. Thank you.

  2. K.A. Wypych says:

    Well written! Yes, He does carry us. Too often, we wait until we feel like Skipper before we notice He is there!

  3. Wonderful reminder that God carries us so that we are enabled to carry others who need us, Patty. And your dog is such a cutie!

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Thanks. Yep, he’s pretty cute. He’s been a good companion for sure. Thanks for stopping by. Can you resend a link to your blog. I have not seen anything from it in my email. Thanks.

  4. Patty, I haven’t been blogging this past week due to the holiday. I will have a new post up tomorrow. Here’s the link:

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Thanks. I’ll wait and see if it lands in my box.

  5. Paul's Schell says:

    It is so true. God does carry us through the tough times.

  6. Julie Lavender says:

    Loved the visual picture of our God carrying us! With four children, all grown now, it seemed like I was carrying one on my hip for a lot of years! I never minded and actually adored the task. But, I’ve never thought about, if I enjoyed carrying my precious ones so much, then, indeed my Lord must delight in carrying me even more! Thanks for this reminder!

  7. Heather Bock says:

    I’m thankful God is always willing to carry me and my loved ones when we need His help, and don’t I need His help every day? I think He carries me more than I know.

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