"Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tires, they will walk and not become weary"
Good morning! I know you might have totally forgotten this blog exists, or at least think I have fallen off the face of the planet. While the reasons why will remain a mystery, I needed to take a break from the blog for a while. I am still praying over if I will return, my heart was ready for a post! It's pretty safe to say you have all stopped reading this a long time ago, so this is probably a post just for me (and that's OK)...
Every Sunday Avery and I ask each other how we can pray over one another's weeks. This week I told Avery to pray for rest. Life has risen up around me and I have gotten very tired! Everything in me cries out for a break (Spring Break...are you here yet?), but I know time off is not truly what will bring relief. Weariness, caused by the stress and trials of life, needs something so much more than simply just a nap. This type of exhaustion is one that will only find relief from the Lord.
I don't know about you, but when I get tired I like to turn immediately to Isaiah 40:31. Rising up on wings like eagles. Gaining new strength. Running and not getting tired. Walking and not growing weary. This is the strength I want in times when my body and soul are tired!
Somehow, my eyes gloss right over the waiting part. I choose to focus on the finish line, and miss the race it takes to get there. Those who WAIT will gain strength.
Waiting simply takes faith. Faith sees the unseeable (Hebrews 11:1) and sees God (Hebrews 11:27). "Faith is the convinced, convicted heart reaching out to the Almighty" (Precept Austin). Faith trusts His promises are true and He remains the same. Faith recognizes Him as Lord and allows His hand to work in our lives. Faith clings to Him when the turmoil rises up around us.
When we wait, we are truly standing on tiptoe with great expectation! Waiting is so much more than just patiently sitting back, but truly pushing forward in belief! It is there that the strength overwhelms us. As we move forward in faith, we begin to stand upon His promises and cling to Him. Because we know that the time will come when He will fulfill His promises (Psalm 37:9), we can truly run without getting tired! Oh blessed day!
I have a sweet friend who is adopting a little girl from Africa. As I have watched her story unfold, I have been so encouraged by her anticipation and hope throughout the process. She knows that the day when she will hold her baby girl will come. While there has been piles of paperwork and incredibly long periods of waiting, she grows stronger each day. Her eyes are firmly fixed on the few simple pictures she has of this little girl, and she uses that to get her through each challenge she faces.
What is it that you are waiting on? Are you growing tired in the waiting, or are you truly rising up in the wait and growing in hope? Whether it is a wait for a spouse, a child, a house, a promotion, or simply a break from the busyness of life, we can wait with hope that His love will surround us in the situation and be the great Provider (Disclaimer: I am not preaching prosperity gospel, but that is another post for another day!). In the midst of your waiting, fix your eyes on your Redeemer. He won't let you fall!
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