“And of Benjamin, he said, ‘The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between His shoulders.’” (Deut. 33:12)
I put my son on my shoulders for the first time when he was two. He quickly made it clear he did not like it and begged for relief. A few days later, I tried the experiment again. He stayed longer this time but soon wanted down. I don’t know if he was uncomfortable because of the height or the lack of my arms wrapped around him.
The more times I put him high in the air without incident, the less fear he had; his trust grew. His endurance and daring also increased each time. He’d lean forward or backward and then side to side. We almost gave his mother a heart attack multiple times as she stared at the two of us horsing around. The thing that once terrified him became his greatest desire. Whenever he said, “shoulders,” I knew both of us were in for a ride.
How long has it been since you have ridden on your Father’s shoulders? I know it can be scary. You feel so out of control. But that’s where you are closest to your Father. It is there His voice is easiest to hear. And though your feet are not on the ground, they are enclosed in His arms. He won’t let you fall. Enjoy the view.
Father, being on Your shoulders is safe, but it can be scary. I’ve been there before; I’m there once again. Grow my trust, open my ears, and increase my view.