On His Shoulders

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”   
Luke 15:4-5

Our family moved from Oakdale, California to Houston, Texas back in 1969.  I was just three years old.  As a special treat, my father told us he would take us to the new AstroWorld Amusement Park the next year if we did our chores and such.  I didn’t really know what AstroWorld was, but could tell from my older brother and sister’s excitement that it must be pretty great.

When the day came for us to go, the weather was cool and overcast.  My mother packed jackets for my brother and sister, a sweater for me and our family of five set out on what would be the first of many AstroWorld adventures.

The adventure was everything we imagined it to be:  thrilling rides, fun games, sugary food we'd never eaten before.  It was a little slice of heaven, and we were determined to stay and squeeze every last second out of the day.

Then as day turned into night, the wind began to howl, cool became cold, and overcast turned into intermittent rain.  Undeterred, big brother and sister trudged on, but my four-year-old legs and sweater were much too flimsy.  I fell behind.  My mother called out, "Lindsey, slow down!  Prissy can't keep up!"  By that time I had lost sight of my family and collapsed in a little ball of exhausted tears on the cement.

Hearing Mother's words, Daddy turned around and scooped me up in his arms, wrapped his coat around me, and set me on his shoulders.  I could see the whole park from up there!  And for the rest of the night, that's where I stayed.  It was the best place in the whole world.

I think our relationship with God is sometimes like that.  We start out on a big adventure and sometimes we lose our way.  Then, someone lovingly intercedes for us like a mother, and God scoops us up and carries us on His shoulders where the view is incredible.  There is no better place in all the world.

Psalm 68:19 tells us, "Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms."

May we always remember how much our Father loves us and longs to find us, to carry us in His arms.

Goodnight, Runners.

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