“When they suffered, he suffered with them. The Angel of His Presence saved them. Out of his enduring love and compassion he redeemed them. He lifted them up, carried them in his arms, and cared for them all the days of old” (Isa. 63:9, TPT, emphasis mine).
On Sunday, I held in my arms for the first time the newborn daughter of one of my mentees. I have mentored her mother for nearly twenty years, and I’ve been so excited about her first pregnancy at age 37. And now her firstborn was in my arms. As I gazed into Edeshita’s little face, my eyes filled with tears of joy. I held her through much of praise and worship during our service. She fell asleep in my arms as I rejoiced and prayed over her.
I think about the contrast between little Edeshita and my new kitten, Theophilus. They are about the same age, just over a month. Theophilus can already climb into my armchair to get to me while I am working (in fact, he is, at this writing, asleep on my lap). On the other hand, Edeshita will not be able to even walk for approximately a year. She will need to be carried, wherever she needs to go.
Why the difference? So many mammals are born with the immediate ability to stand and walk; why not humans?
I believe Daddy God set it up this way on purpose. You and I were born to be carried. The first year of life is the most formative of them all, and He very intentionally caused us to be carried and held throughout all of it. This would set the foundation for the rest of our lifetimes. You see, my friend, we were meant to be carried until we draw our very last breath.
And so, dependence is built into the foundation of who we are. We were created to be utterly dependent on God. Another Scripture describes this beautifully:
“These all look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.”
(Ps. 104:27-30, ESV).
We have no sustenance, no breath, no spirit unless He gives it to us. In Him we live, and move, and have our being. Without Him, we are nothing and can do nothing. Once we assimilate this foundational truth, deep down in our beings, we can learn contentment.
A life of utter dependence is the most beautiful, satisfying kind. It’s the kind Jesus modeled for us: “So Jesus said, ‘I speak to you eternal truth. The Son is unable to do anything from himself or through his own initiative. I only do the works that I see the Father doing, for the Son does the same works as his Father’” (John 5:19, TPT). Jesus operated out of complete dependence on the Father, and He invites you and me to do the same. As John 1:18 tells us, He is in the bosom of the Father. He wants you and me to be where He is.
Today, let’s let our Daddy hold and carry us in His bosom. Let’s let everything we do, flow from that place of deep dependence on His presence. When it’s all said and done, we will be able to testify:
Do we humans like to be dependent? Why or why not?