3 Hearken unto Me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by Me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:
4 And even to your old age I amHe; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
God reminds Israel (Jacob) of their unique origin and support. No other nation has been promised and has experienced the protective and delivering hand of God in the same way Israel has. For their future, God promises to carry them through old age, and to continue to deliver them. He will not forsake His people, but will carry them through whatever they must endure.
This passage, for some reason, reminds me of a time when I was maybe five, but no older. We lived in Minneapolis. It was winter, and apparently there had been a thaw and then a re-freezing. Where Dad had parked the car, there was nothing more than a sheet of ice. I was wearing my “church shoes”—only older folks will identify with that 🙂 They were dressy shoes, with slick, hard soles. I remember this very clearly because it was rare. Apparently my dad was worried that I would slip and fall, because I suddenly found myself being carried in one arm. I felt so safe! I don’t remember if he was helping my mom or sister with his other hand. I just knew I would be fine as long as he was holding me. It never crossed my mind that he would drop me or that he might fall. I trusted him absolutely.
This is the picture that came to mind when I read this passage today. God is carrying Israel as a father would carry a child through danger. That picture has made this passage even more precious to me.