Beloved - Part 4 by Natalie McGehee
Beloved (Part Four)
About Benjamin he said, "let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders." Deuteronomy 33:12 NIV
Can you just imagine a favorite child riding on the strong shoulders of her Father? Daddy reaches down and swings his little one up onto his shoulders. The child giggles with delight with little pudgy hands wrapped around her daddy’s head. She leans down to sing a sweet little silly song in her father’s ears. The dad laughs and stops to point out the sunset and the puppies playing nearby. They walk through the late afternoon enjoying just being together.
Why do you think a father would lift up a child onto his shoulders? Sometimes it is just for play, to have fun and laugh together! Other times, a dad can see that his child is getting tired and needs to rest and be carried.
A few months ago, I was traveling in a foreign country with my son, my daughter-in-law and little toddler grandson. One day, we were walking through a very crowded market with people going and coming from all directions. Carts pulled by donkeys pushed through the narrow streets, motor scooters whizzed by with only a second to get out of the way and so many people continually asking us to come into their market stalls. For hours, we had been walking through the ancient city and my little grandson’s legs were getting tired. All of a sudden, my son reached down and scooped up his child and placed him onto his shoulders. There, he was lifted out of the crowd and was protected from the bustling market crowds around us, resting his little legs while safe and secure on his dad’s shoulders.
As I walked behind them, I thought about this scripture from Deuteronomy.. Sometimes, the Lord is sweet to give us a visual reminder of what His has said in the Scriptures. When we rest on our Father’s shoulders, we are protected from the crowds and the chaos. Even though the things of life swirl around us, on His shoulders, I can ride, rest and hold onto Him. As I watched my son and his son together, I thought about how our heavenly Father also enjoys just being with us, having times of fun and laughter together. I could also see my little grandson’s head so close to his father’s ear, that he was able to talk to him. It didn’t matter that he could only babble in toddler words. His daddy loved the sound of his voice. How much does our heavenly Father enjoy us talking to him too, even the simple babble of our observations, worries and dreams!
Another thing that I noticed when my grandson was up on his daddy’s shoulders was that he could now see what his dad could see. Their eyes were at the same level giving him the same viewpoint as his father. He had a better, broader view of the world around him.
So Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. John 5:19 ESV
Think about that for a few minutes. As we rest securely between the shoulders of our Father, we can begin to see the world from His perspective. We begin to see what He sees. As we rest on Him and abide in Him, He gives us a different viewpoint – His. Removed from where all we see is the muck and the mire, he brings us up to where the air is clear and we have a fresh, new perspective to see others as He does, to love others, to be able to forgive, and to be able to accept forgiveness - all through knowing Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To live now for telling others about Christ Jesus and His Kingdom. Looking towards the horizon for when He will come again to gather us unto Himself.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 EVS