And in the wilderness (as thou hast seen) the Lord thy God hath carried thee, as a man is wont to carry his little son, all the way that you have come, until you came to this place. (Deuteronomy 1:31)
Last Thursday evening, my journey home was interrupted when my car failed to start in the car park at Kettering railway station. I contacted my roadside assistance to request a recovery vehicle. In due course, the arrival of the recovery vehicle was apparent when blazing headlights and cab lights lit up the darkness.
Being too large to enter the car park and carry us home, a quick fix was offered through detaching a faulty component. Detecting my nervousness about driving home in this condition, the recovery vehicle offered to follow me.
He was right behind me, with lights dazzling my mirrors. He followed all the way home, leaving me to ponder that it is not often a car is rescued in front of a recovery vehicle, but more usually atop or behind.
Jesus is our roadside assistance through life on this earth. He is always present and available to help us. His help may come in a different form from that which we expect, but it will always be successful in taking us home.
Our home is with God. Jesus’ death and resurrection has opened the way to heaven and shown us the road to follow.
Jesus will carry or lead us there… if we contact him.
One night I dreamed a dream. I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord.
When the last scene of my life shot before me I looked back at the footprints in the sand. There was only one set of footprints. I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life. This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma.
"Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way. But I'm aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don't understand why, when I need You most, You leave me."
He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you, never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."