“I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray.”

Isaiah 46:4 The Message 

Dearest Reader,

Like most of you, I am bearing under the weight of what feels like a truckload of burdens. They are heavy; some are my physical challenges, others, troubles affecting my loved ones.

What can we do when weariness and fatigue overcome and the burdens overwhelm us? Give up? Continue to muscle our way through, tossing around empty words, “I’ve got this?”

I don’t believe that’s how God means for us to live. He is and always will be a good, good Father, regardless of the heavy things we carry.

How do I know this?

I will be the same until your old age, and I will bear you up when you turn gray. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will bear and rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4 (CSB)

Some weeks ago as I was wrestling through several significant issues I came upon Isaiah 46:4. After sitting with the words, I wrote them into my journal and went on a word search using the dictionary app on my phone.


  • to hold up; support to bear the weight of
  • to hold or remain under a load
  • to hold or carry

Connecting the Dots

I want to share with you how God made sense out of this for me; I’m hoping you will see the same. Take the words, “I will bear you up.” 

I have the image of God underneath me holding me up, bearing me up beneath the weight of my burdens.

Can you see that? Or, better yet, can you feel the weariness of all that you are carrying slip away with that picture?

I can. Oh, how I pray that you see the same. 

We do not have to muscle our way through this. We do not have to carry the burdens alone.

There’s no need to put on a mask and pretend we are okay, not when we can surrender our burdens to a God who not only has promised to carry them; He has also vowed never to forsake us.

What are you carrying today?

If I have learned anything from my season of Wilderness, it is that we will always have a burden to carry. There are seasons where it feels impossible to go on, and there are seasons less harsh, but no less burdensome. And, yet, God never changes. 

He is with us.

Are you willing to surrender it to God, trusting Him to be underneath you, holding up you and your burden?

“And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old.
I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray.
I’ve done it and will keep on doing it,
carrying you on my back, saving you.”  from The Message

Cling to these words today:

“And I’ll keep on carrying

I’ll be there

I’ve done it and will keep on doing it,
carrying you on my back, saving you.”

From The Wilderness Place

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