Refuge for the Oppressed
"All who are oppressed may come to Him. He is a refuge for them in their time of trouble" (Psalm 9:9).
The late evangelist Henry Moorehouse once faced a disturbing dilemma. His little paralyzed daughter greeted him as he entered the house bearing a package for his wife.
"Where is Mother?" he asked, after kissing and embracing his daughter.
"Mother is upstairs," the girl responded.
"Well," Moorehouse said, "I have a package for her."
"Oh," the girl pleaded, "let me carry the package to Mother."
"Why, Minnie dear," her father replied, "how can you carry the package? You can't carry yourself."
With a smile, the girl continued, "That is true, Papa. But you can give me the package, and I will carry the package - and you will carry me."
Taking her up in his arms, Moorehouse carried his daughter upstairs - little Minnie and the package, too. Then he saw his own position before the Lord; he had been carrying a heavy burden in recent days, but was not God carrying Him?
In similar fashion, you and I often feel the weight of heavy burdens - sometimes forgetting that even as we carry them we are being carried by our heavenly Father, who is a "refuge for them in their time of trouble."
Bible Reading: Psalm 9:10-14
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: As I carry my burdens today—large or small—I will recognize that my heavenly Father is carrying me, and I will pass this wonderful truth on to others who are weighted down with the loads and cares of daily living.