In my daily routine of reading the psalms, I forget the beauty and precious promises of Isaiah. As I turn there today, I find this gem that makes me laugh because I have recently found more and more gray hair.
The Lord says in Isaiah 46: 3-4 that His people are the ones “whom I have upheld since you were conceived and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
I think about this gentle, tender God, the One who upholds us and carries us as He has from our childhood till now. I think of the promise of His carrying us as we age. It’s a beautiful picture. I think of myself in His arms, gray hair and all, perfectly carried.
And I remember how, 16 years ago, I cried from exhaustion with a newborn baby. A wise woman approached me and quoted Isaiah 40:11: “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”
She said, “He is carrying you. Do not worry.”
He carries us.
The Lord carried me then, and He carries me now. He will carry us into the futures we cannot see.