Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid.
While my family and I were serving as full-time missionaries in Haiti, we went to stay in the Dominican Republic for a
month. We were on a tight budget so we had to walk for miles
to see the sites and visit the beaches. Eventually, the walking
became too much for my three-year-old son. On those long
walks, he would cry, “Go shoulders! Go shoulders!” so that I
would lift him to my shoulders for the rest of the trek.
One day I said, “Son, I’m tired too,” to which he replied,
“You can’t be tired. You’re my daddy!” Human fathers can be
tired, even too tired to carry their children or their burdens.
Our heavenly Father, on the other hand, never tires or grows
weary. God’s back never hurts too much to carry our burdens,
and God is always available for us when we surrender and cry
out for help.
Everyday life can be
hard enough, but having to
deal with severe trials can
overwhelm us. We may try
to carry burdens ourselves,
but sooner or later we realize that we can’t do it alone. When
danger, disease, or darkness pushes us over the edge, God
waits to catch us as we surrender our burdens to our heavenly
Prayer: Holy God, help us never to forget that while you are
holy, you are also close to each of us. Teach us to trust in your
Chris Surber (Virginia)
Prayer Focus: MISSIONARY FAMILIES
Thought for the Day
I can see beyond my
trials to God’s love.