There’s really two ways we think of carrying things; bothersome burdens and precious possessions.

Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low;
    their idols are borne by beasts of burden.
The images that are carried about are burdensome,
    a burden for the weary.
They stoop and bow down together;
    unable to rescue the burden,
    they themselves go off into captivity.

“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
    all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
    and have carried since you were born.
Even to your old age and gray 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.

Isaiah 46:1-4

The gods of Akkad were lugged off as burdens, while God picked up his beloved children and carried them to ease the burden on them. The oppressed were exalted while the gods of the oppressors were reduced to cumbersome statuary.

God wants to lift the burdens of the faithful and carry us as his precious children.

Ethan Kirl