“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.” Isaiah 46:4
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Isaiah 40:11
“In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.” Isaiah 63:9
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I pray that you have been enjoying your weekend and I pray most of all; that you will truly come to see today, how Jesus longs to carry you through the difficult moments in your life!
What does it really mean to be carried in the arms of Jesus? We know that we can’t actually experience His presence in a human form; but there is a way that we can experience His loving arms around us and this is what we are going to talk about today.
I remember a time in my own life, when I was going through counseling for sexual abuse, which I had experienced at a young age of 5 years old. It seemed as though every time I went to group counseling…more and more of the memory came to the surface…to the place, where it started to make me feel, as if someone was pouring salt on an open wound.
One day, after returning home from counseling, I was so upset that I went quickly into my bedroom…wrapped my arms around the bedpost and cried, to the very depth of my being. After there were no more tears to cry, I took hold of a Bible that happened to be sitting near me on the bed and after opening it…my eyes looked directly down, to a Bible verse in Psalm 34:18a, which reads… “The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking…” Immediately, I began to look around the room and even out the doorway of the bedroom; because for some reason, I just knew that God was in that room with me.
As I continued to read the Bible verse in Psalm 34:18a…over and over again, I started to talk with God and open up to Him about my deep heartache and pain…and from there, I began to tell Him that I just couldn’t take any more of this horrible memory and that I just wanted to give up. I would say that within a few minutes, I began to feel as if there were arms around me…arms that were comforting me, through what I saw, as the very worst of times… and no matter what anybody says, I’m sure that those arms of love belonged to God…because you see; He is the one, who took me into His arms and carried me gently, to where I am today.
I truly believe…with all my heart; that there is a God, who will carry us through the moments, when we just feel as though we have come to the end of our rope…and I truly believe that this God is drawn to the brokenness of our lives; but first, we need to come to a place, where we fall down… powerless before Him. Once God sees where we have fallen along the wayside; that is when He will come and lift us up, into arms of love and sustainment…arms that will hold us close and shelter us, until He has completely walked us through these difficult moments.
You know…I don’t think that some people have ever experienced God in a very real way because they are trying to stay tough on their own…and when a person remains tough on their own; then they are actually saying to God… “I don’t need your help…I’m just fine”…when all along, they are barely standing on their own.
Today…maybe it’s time to fall powerless into the arms of God and let Him carry you through the hard times. Maybe it’s time to just quit hanging on, to what you can’t fix on your own. You know…you can only be strong so long…so take a deep breath and let go…and don’t worry…because when you fall beneath the moments of pain and heartache…there will be arms of love…waiting to catch you.
Quite a while back, I had written a poem, titled “Wings of Love,” and here are a few of the words that came from this beautiful God inspired poem… “There was pain in my body and mind, as each trial came to overtake all; Oh God, when is this going to stop…these trials are too much…I fear I am going to fall. It was just at that moment that I had begun to fall; that I felt a presence so peaceful…so majestic and tall. I saw His wings beneath me, bringing peace and so much love; they were purer, brighter and stronger, then the fairest morning dove. At just the right time…His wings caught me, as He drew me to His side; rescuing me from my trials…creating a refuge for me to hide. It was at that very moment, when He had heard my despairing cry; that His Spirit read my heart…knowing that the load was too great to bear; He came with His wings of love…placing my heavy load upon Him and replacing it with His loving care.” Today, may I encourage you, to trust God enough…to carry you through the difficult moments in your life!
Blessings on your day!
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