It’s hard being strong.
You know who you are. You’re the ones others turn to when they’re struggling. The ones who always have a verse ready to bolster your friends’ faith because you read your Bible every morning.
You’re the ones who carry a multitude of prayer requests close to your heart and pray for them in the night watches. And the ones who remind others that God loves them and will meet their needs, even when the situation seem impossible.
You’re the people who set the example for others to follow. Your lives are a demonstration of what it looks like to rejoice in suffering, persevere through trials, and never stop believing. But even you grow weary sometimes.
When my daughter was young and her little legs would tire, she’d tug on my husband’s sleeve and whimper, “I’m tired, Daddy, will you carry me?”
Without missing a step, my husband would reach down and scoop her up in his big, strong arms. She’d wrap her tiny arms around his neck, lay her tired head upon his shoulder, and sigh.
“I’ve got you, baby girl,” he’d whisper in her ear. “You take a little rest. Daddy will carry you.”
If you’re usually strong, but you’re feeling weary right now, it’s okay. Even strong ones grow tired. It’s human to wonder, Who will carry me while I carry all the others?
The prophet Habakkuk, a strong man with strong faith, also felt the strain. He sought the Lord in his weariness. “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me” (2:1).
God’s answer to Habakkuk is God’s answer to you too. When you grow weary, and the faith burdens you carry grow too heavy, tug on your Father’s sleeve. Cry out to him, “I’m tired, Daddy, carry me.”
Without missing a step, He’ll scoop you up in His big, strong arms, tuck your head under His chin, and whisper in your ear, “I’ve got you, baby girl. Take a little rest. Daddy will carry you.”
If you’re a strong one who’s feeling weak, allow the Sovereign Lord to be your strength today.
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