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. (Isa. 46:4, NIV)
The journey of fatherhood is filled with immense reward. My wife and I have always relished outdoor hikes. We love hitting the trails at local parks to soak in the fresh air, get a cardio workout in, and behold the beauty of God’s creation. When our son and first child, JJ, was born, we decided to take him along for the trek. This meant strapping him to my chest in a snugli. He enjoyed coming along for the ride and the front seat view. And I didn’t mind the added weight—it just meant a better leg workout and more calories burned.
I carried JJ up and down rolling hills, around winding trails, and through rugged terrain, often for miles at a time. Of course, I had to use care—some paths were too treacherous to risk with a toddler in tow. In a similar way, God carried the Hebrew people through the barren land of the Sinai wilderness:
“The Lord your God, who goes before you, is the one who will fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your very eyes,and in the wilderness, where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as one carries a child, all the way that you traveled until you reached this place” (Deut. 1:30-31, NRSV).
For forty years, Yahweh lead the people Israel through unfamiliar desert lands. He revealed Himself strong on His people’s behalf amid hunger, dehydration, and the many quarrels that threatened to divide the Israelites. He steered their course, and in due time, brought them into Canaan, the Promised Land.
Our loving heavenly Father will carry you through whatever uneven life terrain you presently find yourself in. As JJ grows up, my aim is to be there for him to guide and see him through for as many years as I have on earth. Yet, even after we grow weary and old, Yahweh is still keeping watch, to rescue and sustain, and lead us to the Promised Land.