My dad, in the 1974 floods, needed to carry me. My brother was two weeks old, and I was two and a half; the rain was pelting down with such ferocity that it was hard to hear the other person speak, so mum told me. We lived in the Brisbane suburb of Chelmer, which had the river at the end of the street. It was hard not to be concerned as the rain was so heavy, at 11.00 pm one night Grandma who was stying to help with my newborn brother was knocking on mum’s and dad’s door. The words she said were, “boats are going up and down your street, and I thought I should wake you up!” Our house was on 6-foot stumps, and the water would surely never come that high! The places over the road were going under fast! By mid-morning, we were all told to evacuate. Upon the evacuation orders, mum carried my brother, and my dad carried me through the rising floodwaters. Along with Grandma, mum and dad walked through water up to their knees, leaving our home behind. Six feet of water went through the house.

I was held in the arms of my father as he carried me to a place of safety, there was an awaiting boat supplied by the state emergency. We were then transferred into an army truck that took us to the Lutheran church in a nearby suburb where we stayed until the waters subsided. Just like my father carried me in a time of danger, it is assuring to know that our Heavenly Father will carry us. Isaiah 46:4 says,

Even to your old age and grey hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you, and I will carry you;
I will sustain you, and I will rescue you.


This verse assures us that the Lord is interested in our early years and in our latter years. He is with us every day of our lives, and He has promised to carry us and care for us in every season of life because He is a good Father. I encourage you to trust Him in trauma, heartache and pain to carry you through these seasons. Whether carried through a flood or held through a storm, we are always safe in Heavenly Father’s arms.

Until next time Leisa

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. Psalm 16:1

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  1. Great word

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  2. Beautiful picture and strong reminder of scriptural truth. Thanks for sharing so openly. G o d bless you.

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    • Thanks Jo glad you found it helpful ❤️

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  3. Beautiful story Leisa thank you for sharing

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    • Thanks Natalie it was certainly told many times growing up in my family.

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  4. Brilliant illustration taken from real life – thank you so much for sharing!
    Just popped by from FMF#34

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  5. So good to read your words, Leisa. I hadn’t read those Scriptures till this week, when I put ‘carry’ into my concordance. They were so comforting, and challenging, that I blogged about it too. I’m your FMF neighbour, at #1 this week.
    And it’s nice to see a fellow Aussie on here 😉

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    • Hi Kath, lovely to meet you and a fellow Aussie -yay! You will understand the significance of the flood at this time, praying for all those affected. Thank you for your encouragement I will go and read your post blessings, Leisa

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  6. What a wonderful example of being safely carried!
    Your FMF Neigbour #28

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  7. Beautiful story, memory, thoughts. FMF friend #26

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  8. Wow! What a memory, and I love the analogy to being safe in our Father’s arms.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • It certainly was something my mother talked about a lot in her life, so glad I was safe in my father’s arms as he carried me to safety. My prayers are with all who are or have been affected by floods/other natural/disasters.

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  9. What a wonderful example of our Heavenly Father’s love for us. Thank you for sharing.

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