Sunday Reflection: Piggybacking

Being a room mother had its challenges, but the rewards were astronomical. On one second grade field trip to a couple of caves in Missouri, I met a wonderful young man who was a senior in high school. At the time, he was a kid, but later he would teach at my school and become a friend.

One of the students, in my son's second grade class, assigned to me on that field trip was physically challenged. She was a delightful child who grew up to be equally delightful. Nothing ever seemed impossible for her as she kept up with her peers, with few problems. This trip, however, would present hills to climb and slippery caves to walk through and would be more difficult.

As everyone says these days, there’s an app for that, and it had nothing to do with software or a device to run it--just application.

The teacher brought along her high school son to carry this student on his back, as needed. Instantly, I could tell that he never thought of her as a burden, but carried her with enthusiasm and selflessness. At one point, I asked him (not in front of her) if she was heavy or if he was tired. He said no, that he hardly noticed her weight at all and was happy to carry her on his back. She in turn had fun.

There’s something comforting and peaceful about being carried by someone who can handle it with competence. So often in my life, I’ve felt God carrying me through difficult times when I felt too weak to get from point A to point B, on my own. Some have been huge obstacles and some were minor, but they were all important to me.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. … He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’….”

Read Psalm 46 in its entirety here.

May your day be blessed!


  1. Great thing to do and yeah having someone there to help carry the weight, sure helps.

  2. What a remarkable young man! How many teens would be so willing to do that and with the right heart?

  3. Such an inspiring post, my friend. That young man was remarkable indeed. Have you have a peaceful and relaxing day and a wonderful week to come. A hug (and prayers) for your son, as well.

  4. That is so sweet. Sounds like the teacher's son was an angel on earth.

  5. This is such a great story. And, thank you for guiding us to such an inspiring scripture.

  6. Hi Teresa ... this is a lovely story and just so worthwhile telling it fairly often, when we so easily think our cares and worries are difficult ...

    I hope all is improving ... with many thoughts - Hilary


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