Outstretched Arms

afterglow-backlit-beautiful-556666 (1)Have you ever watched how a parent responds when they see their children hurt or crying? Or how children won’t allow just anyone to pick them up? Attempt it and tell me what happens!  There is a possibility of them screaming like you did something bad to them. They must know you in order for you to pick them up.

There have been many times in my life when life challenges hit me so hard that all I could do was cry. I can be skeptical of people and can hold people at arm’s length, not even realizing I am doing that. I am guilty of doing the same thing with God. I have questioned his direction on things that occurred throughout my life, I have pushed him away.  I’ve been like a two-year-old having a tantrum because I did not get my answer or life did not go as planned in that season of my life.

One day I heard God say, “Allow me to pick you up.” But I wasn’t quite sure if I could trust him, let alone allow him close to my heart. As I was worshipping I had my arms outstretched, extended as if I was reaching towards heaven. This became symbolic to me as a form of surrender with my daddy and I. Like a daughter reaching out for her daddy to be picked up!

How many times in our lives do we need to be picked up? Especially when life challenges hit us so hard that we can barely stand and that all we can do is cry. Like that child crying out for their mommy or daddy for comfort!

Today, I want to bring comfort to you and pick you up!  By encouraging you and reaching out my hand and tell you, “God is there to pick you up, to hold you when life gets hard, or has knocked you down! Stretch out those arms and allow him to pick you up!

Life Application:

  1. Reflect on those things that have knocked you down, are you going to stay down?
  2. Will you allow the Lord to pick you up?
  3. Here is a challenge for you, “I dare you to stretch your arms out towards Jesus!”

The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. (Psalms 145:14, New Living Translation).

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand(Isaiah 41:10, New Living Translation).

If your thinking of someone who can use a touch today, share this with them! You never know what someone else is going through, that are feeling knocked down by life’s challenges and that need that outstretched arm! Help me to reach them and be that Carrier of Hope to them!

God bless you and I hope you took the challenge!

Carrier’s of Hope


Breathing hope one life at a time!

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