The Lord Who Carries Me – Braces and All
When I was nine months old I was diagnosed with elongated tendons in my legs causing me to walk on the inside of my feet. I was placed in leg braces which I wore 24/7 for the next three years of my life. Which explains my fascination with shoes and my need to buy them. This was 1956-1959-stainless steel was not like it is today. If you are old enough to remember what the chrome on a 1956 Chevy or Ford weighed and felt like, you can imagine how heavy these braces were. Each leg brace was connected by a bar which ran from one ankle to the other, thus preventing me from walking on my own.
My mother carried me for three years. She carried me everywhere. To the bathroom, the breakfast table, the garden, in and out of stores while running errands. She held me in her arms from the time I was 9 months to over 3 and half years of age. Can you imagine carrying your child 24/7 for three years? Now add the braces. Amazing to think of the sacrifice she made for me.
Now imagine yourself with your problems, your issues, your worries, your fears. The weight feels like the braces I described only they are covering more than just your feet. They encase your heart, mind and soul. You become immobilized. You crumble to your knees and lay your head on the floor sobbing that you can’t walk another step. Slowly, you feel a presence, warmth and calmness begins to permeate your very soul where desperation once lived. See Abba Father on his knees behind you, pulling you into his arms. You rest there; wanting to stay in that position forever, comforted by His presence and love. Slowly, Jehova Rapha (The Lord Who Heals Exodus 15:26) lifts you up and carries you and your weighted body and soul as you walk together on your way to eternity.
Amazing to think of the sacrifice He made in sending His son, Jesus to die for us. It is also amazing to think that he will walk with us, even carry us if we will just put our trust and faith in Him.
As a child trusts their mother, we can trust God to carry us (heavy steel braces and all) through anything this life presents.
Mom & I in leg braces circa 1956-57